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

 

Senior UN Relief Official Receives Award

Senior UN Relief Official Receives Humanitarian Award

New York, May 23 2005 4:00PM

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland has been recognized for his work as a humanitarian worker and peace broker on behalf of victims worldwide.

Hebrew Union College awarded the 2005 Roger E. Joseph Prize to Mr. Egeland yesterday took place at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Ceremony of Investiture and Ordination in Central Synagogue in New York City.

The Joseph Prize, established in 1978, is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization, which, by virtue of religious and moral commitment, has made a distinctive contribution to humanity and whose conduct or work enhances or encourages the values and ideals that derive from religious teaching.

Mr. Egeland was awarded the $10,000 prize for his work on behalf of victims worldwide. He was among the first to sound the alarm on the present situation in the Darfur region of Sudan and has 25 years of human rights, peace, and humanitarian work. Mr. Egeland plans to donate the proceeds of the prize to field operations carried out by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which he heads.

"We must always speak the truth about the reasons why so many suffer, and how matters can be put right," said Mr. Egeland at the ceremony. "We must never avoid speaking the truth because we are afraid of offending people in power."

Roger E. Joseph, a lawyer and decorated World War II veteran, was severely stricken with polio in 1951, leaving him almost completely paralyzed for the remainder of his life. Confined to an iron lung, he spent years learning to care for himself; ultimately he was able to resume his law practice and was active in many causes.

Previous award recipients include Victor Kugler, who gave refuge to Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust; Helen Suzman, the South African anti-apartheid activist; Rosa Parks, the mother of the modern civil rights movement in the United States; and the village of Le Chambon, which gave refuge to Jews and Christians fleeing the Nazis during the Holocaust.

It has also been posthumously given to Johan Jorgen Holst for facilitating the Middle East Peace accords; Chaplain Mychal Judge and the City of New York Fire Department; as well as Daniel Pearl and The Daniel Pearl Foundation.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC