United Nations Population Award 2020
- 11 Dec 2020
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Recently, HelpAge India has been presented the UN Population Award for 2020 in the institutional category.
- Bhutan’s Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck has been awarded the United Nations Population Award in the individual category for 2020 for her work on sexual health and ending gender violence.
- United Nations Population Award:
- Each year, the Committee for the United Nations Population Award honours an individual and/or institution in recognition of outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health issues and solutions.
- The Award was established by the General Assembly in 1981, and was first presented in 1983. It consists of a gold medal, a diploma and a monetary prize.
- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) serves as its secretariat.
- HelpAge India:
- It is a leading charity in India working with and for disadvantaged elderly for nearly 4 decades. It was set up in 1978 and is registered under the Societies’ Registration Act of 1860.
- For the first time in the history of the UN Population Award, the honour is being conferred on an Indian institution.
- Only two Indians have been awarded in the past four decades since the award was established in 1981: former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1983 and industrialist-philanthropist J.R.D.Tata in 1992.