UNHCR invites journalists, journalist organizations to nominate candidates for the 2013 Nansen Award

Briefing Notes, 13 November 2012

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 13 November 2012, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The nomination phase for the 2013 Nansen Refugee Award has opened. In recognition of the attention that the media brings to refugee issues worldwide, UNHCR is inviting individual members of the press as well as media organizations to nominate candidates. The deadline for nominations is 25 January 2013.

The Nansen Refugee Award was established in 1954 and is named after the first High Commissioner for Refugees, Fridtjof Nansen. It is the refugee world's most prestigious prize, and past winners have included Eleanor Roosevelt, Senator Edward Kennedy, Luciano Pavarotti, and other less well known heroes in recognition of their work and dedication to improving the lives of refugees. Nominations are encouraged for deserving individuals, groups, or organizations whose work has had a direct and positive impact on the lives of refugees, internally displaced, or stateless people.

This year's award went to Hawa Aden Mohamed of Somalia, who has worked tirelessly over several decades to create a safe place for displaced women and girls through community education, peace-building, and development projects.

To nominate a candidate, you need to go to www.unhcr.org/nansen and download the nominations form. Nominations need to include detail of the candidate's work for displaced people and supporting references.