UNHCR accepting nominations for 2014 Nansen Refugee Award

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is inviting journalists and journalist organisations to nominate candidates for the 2014 Nansen Refugee Award.

If you have ever worked with or covered the story of someone who is doing exceptional work for refugees, internally displaced people or stateless people, then you are encouraged to nominate them.

UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award was established in 1954 and is named after the first High Commissioner for Refugees, Fridtjof Nansen. It is the refugee world's most prestigious prize, and past winners have included Eleanor Roosevelt, Graça Machel and other lesser-known heroes who have worked in dangerous environments to save lives and advocate on behalf of refugees.

This year's award went to Sister Angélique Namaika. She has shown exceptional courage and unwavering support for women and girls, who survived brutal violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

To nominate a candidate, you need to go to and download the nominations form. At this stage you are requested to provide just an overview of the nominee as listed on the form. Further detail may be needed at a later stage should your nominee pass initial selection.

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