US film star Sharon Stone on Wednesday won an award for her fight against AIDS at a summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in the Polish capital Warsaw.
The global fundraising chairman for the AIDS charity amfAR received the Peace Summit Award from the Dalai Lama at the end of the three-day summit.
“I can tell you that now that we have drugs, we have still lost 40 million people to AIDS. There were times when the burden of that felt like I was going to fall on the floor and never get up again,” Stone told the summit.
“We have changed the face of AIDS but still one child dies every other minute. I want you to think about how many children have died since we came here this morning, and I want you to feel the weight of that upon you.”
Irish peace campaigner Betty Williams introduced the 55-year-old Hollywood star by praising her beauty.
“You think as a woman ‘God I wish I looked like her. Even for five minutes I would just like to look like Sharon Stone.’ But Sharon does more with her beauty than just look good. Because her inner beauty is absolutely phenomenal.”
Founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 2000, the annual summit has notably taken place in Berlin, Chicago, Paris and Rome.
The Warsaw edition marks 30 years since Poland’s Lech Walesa won the Nobel for leading the Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism at home in 1989.
Other attendees this year were Iranian human rights advocate Shirin Ebadi and former South African president F.W. de Klerk.
Previous winners of the summit award include Italian actor Roberto Benigni, US actor George Clooney and British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens.