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National Activity Plan 2006: Switzerland and Liechtenstein
World Refugee Day, 20 June 2006
- To increase the level of knowledge in the population concerning refugee's specific issues, a game « passage » made in collaboration with Schweizerische flüchtlingshilfe training team will be played in schools. (Liechtenstein).
- A blue floodlight will be lit on the House of Government. (Liechtenstein).
- Geneva's jet d'eau will be coloured in blue. Moreover, blue banners mentioning the day and flags on the Mt-Blanc Bridge in Geneva will be placed. Several buildings will also be illuminated in blue in Switzerland. (Switzerland).
- To sensitize the population on refugee's issues, UNHCR spots will be visible in the Swiss railway stations and "Hope" posters and leaflets will be distributed by NGOs. (Switzerland).
- UNHCR's annual consultations with NGOs open in Geneva
- Q&A: A royal message from Sharjah – together we can do a lot to help
- Syria Crisis: UNHCR urges European Union states to honour their asylum system principles
- UNHCR's Guterres says global humanitarian crises at levels unmatched in recent history
- The relevance of Jean-Jacques Rousseau 300 years after his birth
Nansen Refugee Award Presentation Ceremony
More than 400 people attended the annual presentation in Geneva in October 1, 2012 of UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award. This year's inspirational winner from Somalia, Hawa Aden Mohamed, was unable to attend for health reasons, but she sent a video message. In the former refugee's absence, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented the award and Nansen medal to her sister, Shukri Aden Mohamed.
The 63-year-old humanitarian, educator and women's rights advocate, widely known as "Mama" Hawa, was honoured for her extraordinary service - under extremely difficult conditions - on behalf of refugees and the internally displaced, mainly women and girls but also including boys.
Above all she has been recognized for her work - as founder and director of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development in Somalia's Puntland region - in helping to empower thousands of displaced Somali women and girls, many of whom are victims of rape. The centre provides secondary education as well as life skills training.
The packed event also included an address by Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize, and a video tribute to Mama Hawa as well as performances from UNHCR Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador and classical singer, Barbara Hendricks, and up and coming Swiss musician Bastian Baker.