- Title: UNHCR possible contender for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
- Date: 27th September 2021
- Summary: BISHOFTU, ETHIOPIA (FILE - MARCH 11, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AEROPLANE ENGINE PART ON THE GROUND AT THE SCENE OF THE ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES CRASH PEOPLE WORKING AT CRASH SITE VARIOUS OF PLANE DEBRIS ON GROUND GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (FILE - MARCH 11, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF UNITED NATIONS BUILDING WITH FLAG HALF-MAST GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (FILE - MARCH 12, 2019) (REUTERS) U.N. AGENCIES SPOKESPERSON, SITTING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS GENEVA OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN, ALESSANDRA VELLUCCI, SAYING: "Sunday was a very, very sad day for our organisation and it's continued to be as we are united in grief, as the Secretary-General said, for the victims of the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines flight, in which 21 U.N. personnel lost their lives."
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- Keywords: 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Nobel Peace Prize UN UNHCR contender migrants refugees
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- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
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- Story Text: The United Nations refugee agency is a possible contender for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize award.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was set up in 1950 and has already won the Noble Peace Prize twice - in 1954 and in 1981 for its work in aiding and protecting the rights of migrants and refugees around the globe.
The UNHCR has responded to multiple refugee crises around the world in recent years, including the influx of Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar, the movement of people from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda, and people fleeing political and economic turmoil in Venezuela into Colombia and northeast Brazil.
In 2021, the agency continued its work worldwide alongside helping refugees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and working with those displaced by the Talibanâ€™s takeover of Afghanistan.
There will be no banquet in Stockholm this year and laureates will receive their Nobel Prize medals and diplomas in their home countries, the Nobel Foundation has said.
The traditional festivities were replaced last year as well with a mainly digital celebration as the pandemic raged Europe and the rest of the world.
The Foundation said the ceremony will be broadcast on television and live-streamed via its Nobel Prize digital platforms.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee is keeping open the possibility of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in an in-person event.
Last year's Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme in a virtual ceremony.
There are 329 candidates for 2021's Nobel Peace Prize, the third-highest number of contenders for the prestigious award ever.
This year's Nobel Prizes, awarded for achievement in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace, and economics, will be announced from October 4 to 11, with the Nobel Peace Prize on October 8.
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