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UN To Present Award To Grassroots Leaders In Fight Against Drug Abuse, Crime, Terrorism
VIENNA, 3 December (UN Information Service) - The UN in Vienna, along with the Austrian Government and the City of Vienna, will honour three individuals and one organisation for their "outstanding contributions to the global campaign against drug abuse, crime and terrorism" at a ceremony on Wednesday, 5 December, in the Vienna City Hall.
In formulating a global response to the ever-globalising problem of what Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called the struggle between "civil society and uncivil society", the UN has increasingly sought to reinforce its partnerships with people addressing those threats at the grassroots level. Thus, the UN Vienna Civil Society Award was inaugurated in 1999 by the three co-sponsors.
The presentation will take place on 5 December 2001 from 7 - 8 p.m., attended by Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Vienna Mayor Michael H?upl and Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna.
The four recipients of this year's Award - chosen from more than 100 nominees from around the world - are:
The winners will each receive a special medallion, a personalised certificate and a share of $100,000 in prize money.
Commenting on the Award, Mr. Arlacchi, who is also Executive Director of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), said: "In the fields of drug abuse and crime prevention the UN cannot depend solely on the actions of governments. To turn around the hearts and minds of all the world's citizens, we are counting on local organisations and dedicated grassroots leaders to be involved in their communities. The Civil Society Award focuses world attention on those who have found successful ways to reach their fellow human beings."
Discount accommodation for the award recipients has been provided by the Vienna Marriott Hotel.
For interview requests and access to the ceremony please contact:
Cherine Rahmy, UNDCP External Relations Unit,
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