Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Nansen Refugee Award

So, I've been referencing this UNHCR award ceremony a lot recently. The story is this:

The Nansen Refugee Award is given annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to individuals or groups in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees. Past recipients include Eleanor Roosevelt, Luciano Pavarotti, Doctors without Borders and Canada. This year, the UNHCR is giving it out posthumously to Senator Ted Kennedy (he luckily found out he had won before he passed away).

This is the first time the award has been held in the US in a long time (if ever) so it's on my regional office to plan it. This has been exciting because I've gotten a chance to be involved in all that planning and recently, I was asked to ratchet up my hours to full time for the next month and get really involved!

I've been spending a lot of time inviting and taking RSVPs from ambassadors, congressmen and the like. It's pretty fun and I think the affair itself will be super swanky. As the event comes closer (October 28 is a date burned in my mind) I might have a little less time to blog, but I will take pictures of all the celebs (if I'm allowed to) and share my fun stories when they come.

By the way, check out Fridtjof Nansen, the guy this was named after. He was a super bad-ass.