iNGOs Unveil Nominees For Global Peace, Humanitarian Awards 2023 – A coalition of international non-governmental organisations (iNGOs), comprising of Excellence One UK, Global Forum for Peace, and others have announced the nominees for the Global Peace and Humanitarian Awards for 2023 as a tribute to those, who have sacrificed their time and risked their lives to support and deliver aids to people suffering humanitarian crises worldwide.
The regional representative of the global award for West Africa, Amb. Ozuem Esiri, disclosed this to journalists yesterday at a press conference held in Abuja, noting that the unveiling of nominees was in commemoration of the 2023 United Nations International Humanitarian Day.
While congratulating the nominees, he said that the Award is presented to individuals and organizations who consistently promote peace and humanitarian services in their communities, regions, and around the world.
Esiri stated that it was also to those who have made significant contributions in peace building, human development, refugee assistance, gender equality, sustainable economic development, healthcare, and education.
Among the outstanding award nominees in Nigeria, Africa and across the globe include the Deputy Senate President,
Senator Jibrin Barau, Arc. Dr. Olumayowa Olurishe, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, Rt. Hon.Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani, ED Ezeh Charles Chinedu, while the international awardees include; DG Ayda Ozeren (Turkey), Arthur Kanegis (USA), Helen
Jeanalda Peacock (Canada), David Hartsough and David Swanson (USA), Jean Alexandre (France), George Michael
(UK), Dr. Surendra M. Mishra (India), and Dr. Jiseok Jung (South Korea).
The representative in his address also stated that this year’s UN Peace Day theme, “Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the Global Goals” was a call to action that recognises individual and collective responsibility to foster peace as it contributes to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create a culture of peace for all.
Esiri added that the United Nations Humanitarian Day and the Peace Day are two significant events for the organisation and its partners to always commemorate.
“We invite others to join the United Nations’ call to take action for peace: fight inequality, drive action on climate change, and promote and protect human rights,” he reiterated.
He said the award, which is organised by Excellence One UK, Global Forum for Peace Justice and Human Rights, Centre for Grassroots Development, Soccer for Peace Foundation and other international civil society organisations, is focused on recognitions of peace building and service to humanity.
Esiri further stated that the 5th edtion of the Awards ceremony will complement the World Humanitarian Day, which will reaffirm commitment to the values and
humanitarian principles that guide humanity and show positive stand taken with the communities served.
Speaking on behalf of other members, chairman of the Award Screening Committee, Mr. Emmanuel Lee, who spoke on promotion of peace, condemned the call for military intervention and force by the ECOWAS bloc in Niger Republic, adding that it will further increase the already huge numbers of refugees in the borders and create more military and political tension in West Africa just as he urged ECOWAS to reconsider its stand through a more peaceful dialogue, which remains the best option.
In his message, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said, “Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty, and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from their homes. Climate chaos is all around and even peaceful countries are gripped by gaping inequalities and political polarization.”
The event will be held alongside an International Conference on ‘Peace, Security, Humanitarian Aid in African
and Beyond’, which will bring participants from civil society organisations, political leaders, security experts, para-military organisations, Peace Activists, academia, students, stakeholders, peace and security consultants, researchers as
well as professionals from around the world together. The conference will include keynote lectures, talks, and presentations.