UNHCR to receive Mother Teresa Award 2017 for social justice
November 10, 2017

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) was on 9 November 2017 named as the recipient of Harmony Foundation's Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2017 for its exceptional work worldwide.

Harmony Foundation's 2017 theme is 'Compassion Beyond Borders' and UNHCR efforts aptly fit into this theme.

UNHCR beautifully epitomizes the theme with heroism of its workers and volunteers who tirelessly work in crisis areas globally. The UNHCR provides humanitarian aid to innumerable people internally displaced by conflicts and helps stateless people all over the world.

The award will be presented to the UNHCR at a function on 10 December 2017 on the occasion of the celebrations of the unique legacy of Mother Teresa, popularly known as the 'Saint of The Gutters'.

Background

The Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice was instituted by Harmony Foundation in 2005 in memory of Mother Teresa, who attained sainthood in September 2016.

Some of the past awardees include The Dalai Lama, Malala Yousefzai, Medicine Sans Frontiers, Anna Hazare, Colin Gonsalves, among many other individuals and organisations working in different fields in India and globally, said Mathai.