UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award
Each year UNHCR bestows the Nansen Refugee Award to an individual, group, or organization, in recognition of their dedicated service to the forcibly displaced. The award is named after Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian polar explorer, diplomat, and statesman who won the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize for his philanthropic work. Fridtjof Nansen was also the League of Nations’ first High Commissioner for Refugees.
The UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony is an important platform from which to advocate for the refugee cause. By giving public recognition to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service and dedication to protecting and assisting the forcibly displaced, we hope to further understanding and support for this humanitarian issue.
This year the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony on 30 September 2013, at the Bâtiment de Forces Motrices in Geneva. It will be a dignified, moving and inspiring ceremony where we will honour the 2013 UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award Laureate. The laureate will be announced at 17 September. Please follow the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award programme at www.unhcr.org/nansen