A global conflict prevention group, the International Crisis Group (ICG), will Monday in New York confer awards on former Lagos State Governor and minister-designate Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Tunisian President and 5 others.
The ICG President Jean-Marie Guéhenno, in a statement, said Fashola would bag Stephen J. Solarz Award “for his commitment to resolving social, economic and security challenges in one of the world’s most challenging urban environments”.
Also to be awarded are Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi and Nahdha Party Leader Rached Ghannouch for their “unwavering dedication to pluralism, inclusion and compromise during Tunisia’s democratic transition”.
Former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino will be awarded for her “tireless role in de-escalating tensions and promoting peace;” and former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans who is also the pioneer president of ICG, for “promoting Principle of Responsibility to Protect.”
Other awardees are former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata for her “exemplary efforts to prevent conflict and mass atrocities, alleviate suffering during the Balkan crisis and protect refugees worldwide as well as founder of Virgin Group Richard Branson for “his visionary reshaping of private sector initiatives to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development”.
According to Guéhenno, “each award goes to a pioneer of peace, to a relentless fighter for the improvement of people’s lives, to someone who has built bridges, believed in change and mobilised others in the name of justice.”
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