Chukwudi Anyanaso and Elizabeth Kperrun have emerged among the fifteen winners of the 2019 Commonwealth Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards.
Fifteen winners were selected by an independent jury, based on the impact or potential of their innovations to advance one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Held at the Commonwealth headquarters in Marlborough House, London, the awards recognised, celebrated and showcased impactful innovations and forward-looking solutions which help Commonwealth countries develop and advance the Commonwealth charter values.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Henry Charles Albert David (Prince Harry), Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, presented special prizes to the innovators in international development at a garden party celebrating the Commonwealth’s 70th anniversary. The Duke of Sussex gave each of them a trophy, a certificate and a £2,000 prize.
The United States of America has conferred Religious Freedom Award on Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, who saved over 200 Christians during an attack from suspected herdsmen in Plateau State.
Abubakar received the award alongside Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan (Sudan), Ivanir dos Santos (Brazil), William and Pascale Warda (Iraq) and Salpy Eskidjian Weiderud (Cyprus).
The first-ever International Religious Freedom Awards ceremony was hosted by Secretary Pompeo on the 17th of July 2019 in the United States of America. The award honours extraordinary advocates of religious freedom from around the world.
Peter Genger, a student of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba, Canada, has emerged winner of the 2019 Nahlah Ayed Prize for Student Leadership and Global Citizenship.
According to Peter Genger:
“I never thought that my little pieces of leadership service would gain a rewarding recognition as noble as the Nahlah Ayed Prize for Student Leadership and Global Citizenship. I sincerely appreciate the award.
This award has made me realize that there is no service that is too little or too much to give. The most important thing is for one to keep serving with sincere concern for humanity. After all, there is joy in true leadership and service.”
The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II has been appointed by the United Nations (UN), as a member of the new class of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates.
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres made the announcement through his spokesman, Farhan Haq, at a news conference in New York on the 9th of May, 2019.
The SDGs Advocates are 17 influential public figures committed to “raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs”.