Aurora Laureate Joined Social Good Summit

Marguerite Barankitse joined more than 50 prominent leaders yesterday to discuss “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?,” the theme of this year’s Summit.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 – NEW YORK – The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Laureate Marguerite Barankitse joined a line-up featuring Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, United Nations Foundation President Kathryn Calvin, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and actor Alec Baldwin during this year’s Social Good Summit in New York. The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is an official event partner of the Summit, which is coordinated by the United Nations Foundation and Mashable.

Marguerite Barankitse joined more than 50 prominent leaders yesterday to discuss “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?,” the theme of this year’s Summit.

The Social Good Summit is held annual during UN General Assembly Week. The Summit looks at the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Spanning the course of two days, it brings together leaders and activists from around the world to discuss solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

During a Q&A with philanthropist and Co-Founder of the Aurora Prize Noubar Afeyan, Marguerite Barankitse discussed the topic "Empowering those at risk to build a better future." In her remarks, she noted the need for the international community to come together as one to combat hatred and promote love in its place: “I want to give hope,” she urged the crowd. “I want to create a new generation who can break the cycle of violence. My wish for 2030 is that we become one true family – one human family.”

 

 

Commenting on the session, Aaron Sherinian of the UN Foundation said: “The discussion offered a powerful example of how the human spirit can persevere through extraordinary adversity and how love and peace conquer all. We’re proud to have welcomed Maggy and Noubar to New York and we wish them the best ahead of next year’s announcement of the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate.”

During the Summit, the findings of the Aurora Humanitarian Index were presented to an invited group of attendees including media, civil society experts and private sector leaders. The research explores public perceptions of the refugee crisis and the humanitarian response, and was debuted during the 2016 Aurora Prize ceremony weekend where Marguerite, founder of Maison Shalom and the REMA Hospital in Burundi, was awarded the inaugural Aurora Prize for her work in saving thousands of orphans and refugees during Burundi’s civil war.

As part of the prize Barankitse received a $100,000 grant and was offered the chance at even greater impact by being asked to nominate humanitarian organizations that would receive the Prize’s $1 million award. Barankitse chose her longtime partners: Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse, Fondation Jean-François Peterbroeck and Fondation Bridderlech Deelen.

The 2017 Aurora Prize finalists will be publicly announced in February 2017 following the deliberations of the Selection Committee. This will be followed by a weekend of events in April 2017. Held in Yerevan, Armenia, the weekend will honor the finalists, engage humanitarians in productive dialogue around the world’s most pressing issues, and announce the name of the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate during a special ceremony.
 

About the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is committed to building a broad, global humanitarian movement. The initiative is rooted in inspiring stories of courage and survival that emerged during the Armenian Genocide, when 1.5 million Armenians perished. Those fortunate few who survived were saved by the courageous and heroic acts of institutions and individuals who intervened, at great risk. A century later, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative seeks to express gratitude, share remarkable stories of survivors and their saviors, and celebrate the strength of the human spirit.

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative creates and supports projects designed to raise public awareness and address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues. These projects include the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, the Aurora Dialogues, the Aurora Humanitarian Index, the Gratitude Projects and the 100 LIVES Initiative. The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is an enterprise of the IDeA Foundation (Initiatives for Development of Armenia).

About the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, an Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored each year with a US$100,000 grant as well as the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by nominating organizations that inspired their work for a US$1,000,000 award. Recipients will be recognized for the exceptional impact of their actions on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.

The Aurora Prize Selection Committee includes Nobel Laureates Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee; former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; human rights activist Hina Jilani; former Foreign Minister of Australia and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans; President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Vartan Gregorian; and Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney.

The Aurora Prize will be awarded annually on April 24 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Media contact information: AuroraMediaEnquiries@edelman.com

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