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United Nations Population Award 2020

  • 11 Dec 2020
  • 2 min read

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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.

Key Points

  • 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.
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