In 1991 the World Health Organization awarded an accelerated promotion to
Mr. Calvani (then 39 years old) to Director level for exceptional
performance in change management and gender responsiveness.
In 2007 United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon awarded Mr.
Calvani a UN 21 award for creativity for creating and leading (with Ms.
Adriana Ruiz Restrepo) a project an awareness building soap opera on human
trafficking, in partnership with the private sector in Colombia. The soap
opera was then broadcasted in 43 countries.
In 2007 the President of the Republic of Colombia Alvaro Uribe awarded Mr.
Calvani with the title of Commander of the Order of San Carlos for
exceptional service to support the national fight against narcotrafficking
In 2007 the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano awarded
Mr. Calvani with the title of Commander (Commendatore) of the Order Stella
Italiana della Solidarietà, for exceptional performance in foreign service.
In 2008 the Chairman of the Princeton Premier honored Mr. Calvani to become
one of the Members of the Princeton Premier Business Leaders and
In 2008 The University of Argentina at Buenos Aires awarded Mr. Calvani
with the John F. Kennedy Medal.
In 2010 Mr. Calvani was awarded the International Prize Artesan of Peace by Sermig, in Turin with the motivation:
"For his commitment, professional skills and experience in the world during the past three decades, alongside the most vulnerable and young people, in defense of justice, freedom, human rights and peace, without any attempt to gain the sympathies of the powerful people."
"Per il suo impegno, l’abilità professionale e l’esperienza maturata in tre decenni nel mondo, a fianco dei più deboli e dei giovani, in difesa della giustizia, della libertà, dei diritti umani e della pace, senza preoccuparsi di guadagnare le simpatie dei potenti."
In 2011 the Italian Diplomatic Academy awards the prize A Life for Humanity to Dr. Alessandro Calvani as an International Civil Servant in recognition of long career and exceptional performance in the advancement of international justice and peace and promotion of global public goods.