On 30th October 2013 Sir Elton received the Rockefeller Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for his long term contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with the disease.
On selecting Sir Elton, Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation said, "At The Rockefeller Foundation, we are constantly searching for innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. As such, we are honoured to recognise Sir Elton John for his unwavering commitment and contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and for the innovative work he has done not just targeting the disease, but also the stigma, discrimination, politics, and community-related concerns associated with it."
On receiving the award, Sir Elton said: "From the beginning, it has been my steadfast belief that we would not be able to treat or cure HIV/AIDS when people living with the disease or very vulnerable to it are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. It is an honour to receive this award from The Rockefeller Foundation, an organisation that has been at the forefront of leveraging innovation, in all its forms, to promote the well-being of humanity around the world."
Sir Elton’s work as a leading advocate and philanthropist have led him to be recognised and honoured with this award. In the early 90s he was one of the first to realise that it was necessary to de-stigmatise HIV/AIDS before any governments or donors would devote major resources to fighting the disease.
(In this photo: David Rockefeller, Sir Elton, Dr Judith Rodin; President of the Rockefeller Foundation and David Furnish)