Finland's President Sauli Niinistö received the Atlantic Council's Global Citizen Award at a ceremony on Monday evening in New York City.
Niinistö was not present at the gala dinner due to his attendance in London at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, and the award was accepted on his behalf by Finnish foreign affairs minister Pekka Haavisto (Green).
The Atlantic Council is an American think-tank which promotes the transatlantic relationship and also works closely with Nato.
Niinistö did make a statement to the council via a pre-recorded video, in which he thanked the Atlantic Council for its support of Ukraine. He added that in times of uncertainty, cross-Atlantic cooperation is increasingly important.
"Finland has a reputation of taking its commitments seriously. As a Nato member, we will commit to the security of the whole alliance, to the security of all allies. To paraphrase President [John F.] Kennedy, we intend to not only ask what Nato can do for us, but what we can do for Nato," Niinistö said in a video that was also posted on Twitter.
Along with the Finnish president, other recipients of the Global Citizen Award this year included Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, actor and activist Forest Whitaker and the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The US-based foreign and security think-tank has handed out the awards for the past 10 years and the group's dinner is held every year during the United Nations General Assembly week.
Niinistö is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Tuesday.
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