Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted a Global Citizenship Award in New York for her dedication to democracy and human rights.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she was "extremely impressed and extremely intimidated" to present the award to Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for championing democracy in opposition to the military junta that held her under house arrest for years.
"It was not a sacrifice. It was a choice that I made. I decided to follow a path that I thought was right. And so really, I deserve no praise for it, nor do I really deserve compassion for any of the problems I might have met along the way because it was my choice," Suu Kyi told attendees at the awards dinner held at New York's iconic Plaza Hotel.
"I chose to walk that path, willingly and I chose to continue along this path because I owe it to all of you and to the people of my country."
Suu Kyi's election to parliament in April helped to transform the pariah image of Myanmar and persuade the West to begin rolling back sanctions after a year of dramatic reforms, including the release of about 700 political prisoners in amnesties between May 2011 and July.