World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN War-affected Children Envoy Gets Peace Award

UN Envoy for War-affected Children Gets Peace Award

New York, May 12 2005 4:00PM

Olara Otunnu, the United Nations envoy dealing with war-affected children, has been awarded the 2005 Sydney Peace Prize for his lifetime commitment to human rights and efforts to protect youngsters in time of conflict.

Professor Stuart Rees, Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, said the jury had been impressed by Mr. Otunnu's passionate commitment, advocacy and initiatives to protect the most innocent and most vulnerable members of a community - children.

As Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Mr. Otunnu has travelled the world negotiating to end the use of child soldiers and other violations.

His recent report acknowledges that there is continued targeting and brutalization of children in situations of armed conflict, including their killing, maiming, use as child soldiers, rape and abduction, and refers to a "human-made catastrophe of tsunami proportions."

"Those who destroy the children are destroying the future of our societies. We must stop this process of self destruction," he said.

Previous recipients of the Sydney Peace Prize have included Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank for the Poor; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa; President Xanana Gusmão of Timor-Leste; former Governor-General of Australia, Sir William Deane; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson; the Palestinian academic and human rights campaigner, Hanan Ashrawi and, last year the Indian writer, Arundhati Roy.

Mr. Otunnu will deliver the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture in the Seymour Centre on 3 November and will receive the Peace Prize in a gala ceremony the next day.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news