MADRID Ė Spainís Queen Sofia will travel next week to New York for talks with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon and to receive the Path to Peace award from a Vatican foundation, the royal palace said on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the queen will address the triannual session of the UNICEF executive board before meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and hosting a luncheon for the women who serve as their countriesí permanent representatives to the United Nations.
In the evening, at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute she will attend a reception offered by the Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation, an entity that works as a ďcultural bridgeĒ between the Liceu and its U.S. patrons.
On Wednesday, June 4, Queen Sofia will attend the Path to Peace presentation ceremony, an award to be given in recognition and acknowledgment of her commitment and dedication to caring for those most in need.
The honor is conferred by the Path to Peace Foundation, an autonomous arm of Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.
Past recipients of the Path to Peace award include two of Banís predecessors as UN chief, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan, as well as the late King Baudouin I of Belgium, former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and Polandís Lech Walesa.