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President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Honored H.E. Francis Lorenzo at the United Nations With a Distinction for Outstanding Contributions to Caribbean Culture

March 23, 2011 (New York) - On March 22, 2011, during a United Nations ceremony, Hostos Community College President Felix V. Matos-Rodríguez presented Hostos alum H.E. Francis Lorenzo with a decoration of merit and distinction for his outstanding contributions to Dominicans and Latinos in the Caribbean and the mainland at the United Nations.  H.E. Lorenzo was also recognized for being an exceptional ambassador and role model as a Hostos student of Latino decent.

The ceremony took place immediately after the United Nations World Water Day forum where President Matos-Rodríguez provided a vote of confidence during the closing statements of UNESCO-IHP Urban Water Series and urged those in attendance to take on the issue of educating the world about the increasing gap of water resources accosting the world.

"It gives me great honor to present H.E. Francis Lorenzo with this merit of distinction. I am very proud of the accomplishments of Mr. Lorenzo and grateful for his acknowledgment, collaborations and contributions to his culture, people and heritage," indicated President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez of the special occasion. “All of our Hostos students, and especially those in attendance with me today, have in Ambassador Lorenzo an exemplary role model and testament of what our students can achieve.”

During the ceremony, Ambassador Lorenzo also presented an award to President Matos-Rodríguez for promoting intellectual growth and increase intercultural understanding within the community of nations.

About H.E. Francis Lorenzo
Ambassador Lorenzo is the Honorary President of South-South News, an initiative launched during the Sixteenth Session of the High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation at the United Nations in New York to advance the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, through the sharing of best practices in the area of South-South and triangular cooperation. South-South News is a platform for showcasing programmes and building capacity in the field of e-governance, education, health, transfer of technology, renewable energy, food security, climate change, and sustainable development.

Ambassador Lorenzo served as the chair of the MDG Awards Committee, through which the presidents of the 62nd and 63rd session of the General Assembly, as well as the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have received awards. Ambassador Lorenzo worked with the UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development and the UN Economic and Social Council to negotiate the resolution that named the Dominican Republic as the second pilot country for the UN Alliance. Recognizing the importance of partnerships for development, Ambassador Lorenzo served as the facilitator for the resolution towards global partnership at the UN.

Ambassador Lorenzo was the former Vice President of the Commission for Social Development and is the current vice president of the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR), which has brought together key stakeholders in the country. Under the leadership of President Leonel Fernandez, the Dominican Republic is the only country using Model UN in its public schools.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

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