Annie Lennox to perform at Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva

Singer, songwriter, campaigner, activist, and UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador Annie Lennox, OBE will perform at this year's United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva on 1st October.

The Nansen Refugee Award is given annually to an individual or organisation for outstanding work on behalf of refugees. The Nansen Refugee Award consists of a commemorative medal and a US$100,000 monetary prize donated by the governments of Switzerland and Norway. The winner can obligate the award money to a cause of his or her choice.
The line-up will also include performances by classical singer and UNHCR Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador Barbara Hendricks and Swiss star Bastian Baker.

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Madam Leymah Gbowee is also confirmed to attend the award ceremony which will pay tribute to this year's Nansen Refugee Award laureate.

"I am delighted to be performing at the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony in Geneva,” Annie Lennox, said. “We often fail to recognize the real heroes of this world. The Nansen Refugee Award is an opportunity to pay tribute to those who work tirelessly for the humanitarian cause, often unrecognized and often at great risk to their own personal safety. I welcome this opportunity to pay tribute to the unwavering humanitarian spirit embodied in this award."

Barbara Hendricks, who marks 25 years as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador this year, said: "The Nansen Refugee Award is an opportunity for the international community to focus their attention on the plight of refugees and to encourage international assistance and cooperation. I am honored to help give a voice to the voiceless and I hope the award will inspire others to take action."

TV presenter Isabelle Kumar will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Nansen Refugee Award ceremony on 1st October. She currently hosts Euronews' flagship debate programme "On the Frontline."

The winner of this year's Nansen Refugee Award will be announced today.

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