Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousufzaireceived Clinton Global Citizens Award for Leadership in Civil Society.
Malala was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education. She is also the co-founder of a fund pushing for universal access to learning.
Malala was 14 when a Taliban gunman shot her last year and was sent to the United Kingdom for treatment for severe injuries.
The attack was condemned both at home and internationally. Now she's become a potent symbol of resistance against the Pakistan Taliban's efforts to deprive girls of an education.
The Global Citizens Award is the latest in the series of honors she has received. Malala has previously been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Children’s Peace Prize and she was shortlisted for Time magazine's Person of the Year.
The young, impassioned peace activist touched on issues from child labor and poverty to inequality and injustice among women from Afghanistan to Syria during her speech.
"We ask the governments, and the responsible people -- If you want to see peace in Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. If you want to end the war, if you want to fight against the war, then instead of sending guns, send books," she said.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also among this year's award recipients for his leadership in response to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.