Webster Student Receives World Peace Award | Webster University

Webster Student Receives World Peace Award

ST. LOUIS (October 8, 2019) – Daniela Piazzi recently returned from New York City after receiving the World Peace Award at a dinner and awards ceremony held at the United Nations. Piazzi is a junior at Webster University majoring in media communications and international relations.

Daniella Piazzi holding World Peace Award at United NationsPiazzi received an invitation to attend the Celebration of Peace Dinner presented by the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the United Nations only two weeks before the event. She wasn't sure she'd have enough time to pass the required UN security clearance. She was aware of the requirements because she had helped the Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes, obtain her clearance to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly earlier in the year.

Fortunately, Piazzi received the needed clearance September 25, the day of the event. She hurriedly made a mid-afternoon flight to New York, changed clothes after getting off the airplane, and headed straight to the dinner.

International dignitaries, diplomats, and celebrities gathered for the awards dinner. It was part of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals Summit at the UN General Assembly.

Prime Minister Wever-Croes nominated Piazzi for the award for her work as project manager for Wever-Croes during the summer of 2019. Piazzi wrote and edited speeches, prepared conference briefs, and served in the Innovation Department as one of seven members of the Aruban National Think Tank and as a partner on the Sustainable Development Goals Committee.

One of the projects she managed was organizing a UN-funded two-week summer camp for 100 children. It focused on creating awareness among the children of the 17 sustainable development goals of Aruba and encouraging the children to become involved in ways to improve Aruba.

Examples of camp activities included robotics, coding, and farming; each activity corresponded to one of Aruba's sustainable development goals. One day, the children used virtual reality glasses to see pristine Aruban coral reefs and to see declining Aruban coral reefs. There was even an expert who spoke to the children about design thinking. During the camp, four UN officials visited to see how the camp was working.

When Daniela Piazza accepted her award, she acknowledged how much she had learned from the children in the camp and their efforts to give back to the island of Aruba. She advocated, "Age should not be a barrier for knowledge."

Piazzi studied at the Leiden campus for a semester and at the Thailand campus for a semester before transferring to the home campus in Webster Groves. Piazzi is the president of the Webster University Forensic and Debate program.

She speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, Papiamento (spoken on Aruba), Portuguese, and Italian. She's trying to learn Japanese for her trip to Japan in two weeks. Piazzi will be representing her country as she competes as Miss Aruba International.

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