Do you know a person or organization that has shown extraordinary dedication and service to the refugee cause? By sharing this video with your network, you can help us identify and reward the most inspiring and committed.
Who can nominate and be nominated?
- Any person can nominate candidates (individuals, groups of people or
organizations) involved in work supporting the cause of refugees to be
considered for the Nansen Refugee Award.
- Nominations are encouraged for a variety of candidates, ranging from people who have exhibited extraordinary acts of courage, selflessness or dedication to government and political leaders, members of civil society and aid workers who have given life-long service to the refugee cause.
- Self-nominations and nominations of current or former UNHCR staff are not encouraged.
The Award is bestowed annually by the Nansen Refugee Award Committee, which is chaired by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and comprises a number of personalities nominated by governments and international agencies.
- Nominations are received by the Nansen Refugee Award secretariat,
wihich conducts technical research to verify that the candidate exists
and that they are eligible to be nominated.
- A UNHCR advisory group meets to compile a short list of 10 candidates. This is reviewed in more depth before it is considered by the Committee and the laureate is selected. The Committee seeks to achieve a unanimous or majority decision.
- When the laureate is selected, the person, persons or organization is informed of the decision, and the Committee waits for their acceptance.
- The Award ceremony is normally held in September or October in Geneva
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