UNHCR invites journalists, journalist organizations to nominate candidates for the 2014 Nansen Refugee Award

Press Releases, 15 January 2014

Have you worked with or covered the story of someone who is doing exceptional work for refugees, internally displaced people or stateless people? If so UNHCR would like to invite you to nominate them for the 2014 Nansen Refugee Award.

UNHCR's 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, Graça Machel and other lesser-known heroes who have worked in dangerous environments to save lives and advocate on behalf of refugees.

This year's award went to Sister Angélique Namaika. She has shown exceptional courage and unwavering support for women and girls, who survived brutal violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. As the Award moves into its 60th year UNHCR hopes to gather as many nominations as possible.

To nominate a candidate, you need to go to www.unhcr.org/nansen and download the nominations form. At this stage you are requested to provide just an overview of the nominee as listed on the form. Further detail may be needed at a later stage should your nominee pass initial selection.

For more information on nominations and the Nansen Refugee Award please contact: Stephen Pattison pattison@unhcr.org 022 739 82 75

About the Nansen Refugee Award

Established in 1954, the award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, internally displaced or stateless people. The award includes a commemorative medal and a US$100,000 monetary prize. In close consultation with UNHCR, the laureate uses the monetary prize to fund a project that compliments their existing work.

For more information: http://www.unhcr.org/nansen