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Guitar legend Jimmy Page has been given the first ever Pathways to Peace Award by the United Nations, just minutes after confirming he will play at a special Show of Peace concert in China in April.

“Although this award has my name on it, this is a tribute to the power of music and its positive effect,” he said. “Music has been the most powerful language to reach the hearts of people around the world. During my career, I’ve experienced the connection and harmony that music can bring.”

Page established the ABC Trust – Action for Brazil’s Children Trust – a charity dedicated to helping the most vulnerable children and young people of Brazil.

“We’ve been asked to give awards over the years but never have done so until this day,” said Michael Johnson, a representative of the UN. “We’re doing this because musicians have a global impact on the world, and we also know that people who use their name and fame for peace building need to be honored.”

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