UNHCR / MERKEL NANSEN AWARD

11-Oct-2022 00:03:18
Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany received the 2022 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / MERKEL NANSEN AWARD
TRT: 3:18
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGIAGE: ENGLISH / GERMAN / NATS

DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Various shots, UNHCR Nansen Award Ceremony
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It is therefore my great honor, my privilege to recognize for her leadership, her courage, her compassion, her positive principal influence in Europe and the world as this year’s Nansen Refugee Award Winner, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel.”
3. Various shots, Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany receiving award from UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi
4. SOUNDBITE (German) Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany:
“I am delighted that the Nansen Refugee Prize has been awarded to myself. I consider this an honour. After all, the namesake Fridtjof Nansen did outstanding things for people who were on the run in the years following the First World War and was rightly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for it 100 years ago, in 1922.”
5. Wide shot, Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on stage
6. SOUNDBITE (German) Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany:
“Germany is a country that is not only committed to the Geneva Refugee Convention but has also enshrined the fundamental right of politically persecuted persons to asylum in its constitution. Article 1 of our fundamental rights is a commitment to human dignity. Human dignity is inviolable and that applies to every single person. This gave rise to the guidelines for the actions of the federal government I led in 2014 and 2015, despite a very controversial social debate in some cases.”
7. Wide shot, Merkel and Grandi on stage
8. Wide shot, Nansen Regional Winner, Africa, Ahmedou Ag Albouhary, for the Mbera Fire Brigade
9. Wide shot, Nansen Regional Winner, Americas, Vicenta González,
10. Wide shot, Nansen Regional Winner, Asia and the Pacific Meikswe Myanmar
11. Wide shot, Nansen Regional Winner, Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Nagham Hasan,
12. Various shots, Grandi with regional winners on stage
STORYLINE
Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany received the 2022 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.  

Under then Federal Chancellor Merkel’s leadership, Germany welcomed more than 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016 – at the height of the conflict in Syria and amid deadly violence in other places.  

Each year, the award – named after the Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen – is given to an individual, group or organization who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect refugees, internally displaced or stateless people.  

As well as protecting people forced to flee war, persecution and human rights abuses, the former Chancellor was the driving force behind Germany’s collective efforts to receive them and help them integrate into society, through education and training programmes, employment schemes and labour market integration. She was also key in expanding Germany’s resettlement programme, which helped protect tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees. 

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