The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

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The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is a new global award that will be given annually to people who put themselves at risk to enable others to survive and thrive. Recipients will be recognized for the exceptional impact their actions have made to preserving human life or advancing humanitarian causes, despite the challenges that they have overcome.

A grant of U.S. $1 million will be given to the organization that the recipient identifies as the inspiration for his or her actions. In this way, the Aurora Prize will make a tangible difference to the causes that motivate people to risk their health, liberty, reputation, or livelihood by voluntarily carrying out acts that enable others to survive.

The Aurora Prize has been developed as part of 100 LIVES, an international humanitarian project rooted in the events of the Armenian Genocide. This year marks the centenary of the Genocide where an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed. In spite of this tragedy, approximately 500,000 survived and found shelter abroad, many with the help of strangers. 100 LIVES is a global effort to pay tribute to and thank the individuals and institutions whose actions saved lives a century ago. 

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<p>Awarded annually to people who put themselves at risk to make an outstanding contribution to humanitarian causes.</p>
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OUR PURPOSE
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Our timeline
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Below is an outline of the process and a reminder of the key dates you need to be aware of

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DAS AUSWAHLKOMITEE
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Der Auswahlkommission des Aurora-Preises gehören Nobelpreisträger, ehemalige Präsidenten, bekannte politische Persönlichkeiten, hoch angesehene Akteure der humanitären Gemeinschaft und namhafte Menschenrechtsaktivisten an, die sich für die Anerkennung heldenhafter Persönlichkeiten von heute und des außergewöhnlichen Einflusses ihres Handelns für den Schutz von Menschenleben und die Förderung der humanitären Hilfe in Notsituationen einsetzen. Jedes Jahr beraten die Mitglieder der Auswahlkommission über eine Auswahlliste mit Kandidaten und wählen die Aurora-Finalisten aus, um zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt einen von ihnen zum Aurora-Preisträger zu ernennen.

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We want to shine a light on people who faced adversity, put themselves on the line and still made a difference through a single act of valor or a long-term campaign.

Compassionate. Courageous. Determined. Risking everything for what they believe in, the winner of the Aurora Prize will be exceptional in every way.

And we’d like you to help us find them…

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How our nomination process works
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We invite you to nominate any person or group that you believe has gone above and beyond in helping others. It can be someone you know personally or just someone you admire. If eligible, your nominee will be contacted by the 100 LIVES team.

These nominations will then be assessed by a dedicated Secretariat comprised of experts in the field and overseen by independent auditors. A shortlist will then be drawn up for consideration by the Selection Committee. The inaugural Aurora Prize will be presented in April 2016 at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia

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Nomination period opens

October 2015

Nomination period closes

April 24, 2016

Prize winner announced
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The selection committee: 
Lord Ara Darzi

Vorsitzender

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Direktor des Institute of Global Health Innovation am Imperial College London
Vartan Gregorian

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Mitbegründer von‚ Aurora Humanitarian Initiative; Präsident der Carnegie Corporation in New York
Leymah Gbowee

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Generaldirektorin des Friedens- und Sicherheitsnetzwerks für Frauen in Afrika; Nobelpreisträgerin
Bernard Kouchner

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Mitbegründer, Médecins Sans Frontières (Ärzte ohne Grenzen); ehemaliger französischer Aussenminister
Hina Jilani

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Ehemalige UN-Sonderbeauftragte über die Situation der Menschenrechtsverteidiger
John Prendergast

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Menschenrechtsaktivist und Mitbegründer von The Sentry
Paul Polman

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Mitbegründer und Vorsitzender von IMAGINE; ehemaliger CEO von Unilever
Samantha Power

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Ehemalige US-Botschafterin bei den Vereinten Nationen
Mary
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Ehemalige Hohe Kommissarin der Vereinten Nationen für Menschenrechte; Ex-Präsidentin von Irland
Ernesto Zedillo

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Direktor, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; Ehemaliger Präsident von Mexiko
Shirin Ebadi

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Menschrechtsanwältin und Irans erste Richterin; Nobelpreisträgerin
George Clooney

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Mitbegründer von‚ The Sentry; Menschenfreund; Schauspieler und Filmemacher
Benjamin Ferencz

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Rechtsanwalt, Menschenrechtsaktivist
Oscar Arias

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Zweifacher Präsident von Costa Rica; Nobelpreisträger
Waleri GERGIJEW

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Leiter und Generaldirektor des Mariinski-Theaters, Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker
Gareth
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Ex-Präsident der International Crisis Group; ehemaliger australischer Außenminister
Elie Wiesel 1928 – 2016

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Präsident der Elie-Wiesel-Stiftung für Menschlichkeit; Nobelpreisträger
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THE INSPIRATION
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The name Aurora was chosen to honor the memory of Aurora Mardiganian who, as a child, was forced to witness the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide, including losing her father and brothers. Against the odds she survived and went on to devote her life to providing humanitarian relief and raising awareness of the 1915 atrocities. The Prize was inspired by Aurora, and the thousands of untold stories of courage and survival during these events 100 years ago. 

Aurora was also the Roman Goddess of Dawn and the Prize is a means of both showing gratitude for acts of humanity but also giving substantive help to those creating brighter tomorrows for people around the world.  

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1 Million US-Dollar für herausragende Taten der <strong>Menschlichkeit</strong>