2017 U.N. Correspondents Association Awards For Best Journalistic Coverage Of The United Nations And U.N. Agencies

WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT GALA EVENT BY THE U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL H.E. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES MID – DECEMBER 2017 (Date TBD) AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET, NEW YORK

NEW YORK, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 22nd annual UNCA Awards for the best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and field operations.http://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_0zwje0ux/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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The prizes amount to over $60,000 to be distributed among the prize categories and winners.

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2017

The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world.  The Awards are:

1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of climate change, biodiversity, and water.

4. The United Nations Foundation Prize. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of humanitarian and development aspects of the U.N. and U.N. agencies.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:

Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2016 and August 2017.

The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists.  Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.

Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian).  

A written transcript in English or French will facilitate the judging process.

Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.

Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

Entries are submitted online by completing the UNCA Awards Entry Form.

On the first page, please complete your personal information and bio and upload your photo, then proceed to submit your work electronically by including web links and or/uploading files directly to the Entry Form.

** Electronic entries are mandatory **

All entries must be received by September 1st, 2017 

For Questions regarding UNCA Awards & entries please contact:
The UNCA Office, 1-212-963-7137.
Or send an email to uncaawards@unca.com

CLICK ON THE ENTRY FORM BELOW TO GET STARTED:

ENTRY FORM

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UNCA Awards Committee : Sherwin Bryce-Pease (UNCA President), Carole Landry (UNCA Treasurer), Giampaolo Pioli, Linda Fasulo, J. Tuyet Nguyen, Michelle Nichols, Valeria Robecco, Richard Roth.

Prix UNCA 2017 concours de la meilleure couverture mediatique de l’ONU et de ses agences

Remise des prix mi-décembre 2017 à New York au Gala de l’UNCA sous la présidence d’honneur du Secrétaire général António Guterres, au Cipriani Wall Street, New York

NEW YORK, 11 mai 2017 /PRNewswire/ — L’association des Correspondants de presse des Nations Unies (UNCA) invite les médias du monde entier — presse écrite, télévisuelle et radio, presse en ligne et sur le web — à participer au 22ème concours annuel de la meilleure couverture de l’ONU, de ses agences et de ses opérations de terrain.

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Le montant global des récompenses s’élève à $60,000, à répartir entre les gagnants des différentes catégories.

La date limite de réception des formulaires en ligne et des travaux soumis au jury est le 1er septembre 2017.

Le concours est ouvert aux journalistes du monde entier.

Voici les prix qui seront remis:

1. Prix Elizabeth Neuffer, parrainé par la fondation Alexander Bodini, pour la presse écrite (dont les médias en ligne) qui couvrent l’ONU et ses agences. Créée en l’honneur d’Elizabeth Neuffer, chef du bureau du Boston Globe à l’ONU, décédée en 2003 alors qu’elle était en reportage à Bagdad.

2. Prix Ricardo Ortega pour la couverture radio et TV de l’ONU et de ses agences. Ricardo Ortega était correspondant à New York de la chaîne espagnole Antenna 3. Il a été tué en 2004, alors qu’il était en mission en Haïti.

3. Prix Mondial du Prince Albert II de Monaco et de l’Association des correspondants de presse de l’ONU pour les changements climatiques. Il récompense la couverture par la presse écrite, en ligne et audiovisuelle, du changement climatique, de la biodiversité et de la gestion des ressources en eau.

4. Prix de la Fondation de l’ONU. Pour la meilleure couverture par la presse écrite et en ligne, la radio et la télévision, du travail des Nations Unies et de leurs agences dans les domaines humanitaire et du développement.

INFORMATION IMPORTANTE POUR LES CANDIDATS:

La couverture souhaitée de l’ONU et de ses agences est précisée dans chaque catégorie. Le Comité accepte tous les sujets, en particulier ceux concernant les Objectifs du développement durable pour 2030, les opérations de maintien de la paix et la non-prolifération, y compris l’élimination des armes nucléaires, chimiques et bactériologiques.

Les travaux présentés (articles de presse écrite ou sur internet, programmes de radio ou de télévision) doivent avoir été publiés entre septembre 2016 et août 2017.

Le jury privilégiera les travaux démontrant perspicacité et originalité et prendra en considération le courage et les qualités d’investigation et d’écriture des journalistes. La participations de médias de pays en développement est particulièrement encouragée.

Les travaux peuvent être présentés dans n’importe laquelle des langues officielles de l’ONU (anglais, français, arabe, chinois, espagnol, russe). Une transcription écrite en anglais ou français est recommandée pour faciliter la sélection.

Chaque candidat peut soumettre des travaux pour DEUX prix AU MAXIMUM, avec un maximum de trois travaux pour chaque prix.

  • Il faut envoyer vos travaux par voie électronique en incluant le lien ou en téléchargeant tous les documents directement sur le formulaire d’inscription.

COMMENT FAIRE ACTE DE CANDIDATURE:

Les travaux sont soumis en remplissant le formulaire en ligne.

FORMULAIRE D’INSCRIPTION

http://unca.com/unca-awards-call-for-submissions-form/

**Les envois électroniques sont obligatoires**

Votre candidature doit être reçue au plus tard le 1er septembre 2017

Pour toute question au sujet du concours, veuillez contacter:
le Bureau de l’UNCA au 1-212-963-7137
Ou envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante: uncaawards@unca.com

Comité du concours UNCA:

UNCA Awards Committee : Sherwin Bryce-Pease (UNCA President), Carole Landry (UNCA Treasurer), Giampaolo Pioli, Linda Fasulo, J. Tuyet Nguyen, Michelle Nichols, Valeria Robecco, Richard Roth.

13-member technical committee inaugurated for national sports fund

Accra, The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, has inaugurated a 13- member Technical Committee, to oversee the creation of the National Sports Fund (NSF) and other relation issues.

The committee, headed by Mr. Pius Enam Hadzide, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, is to review the legal and institutional framework for the establishment of the NSF and revenue streams.

Other members of the committee are, Mr. Frank Quist, Mr. Robert Sarfo-Mensah, Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuako, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, Mr. Daniel Magnus Rex Danquah, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, Dr. K.K. Sarpong, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah, Madam Sophia Korkor, Madam Angela Forson and Mr.Lawrence Agyinsam.

The committee, is make recommendations and advice the ministry on issues relating to rationalizing of all national teams related sponsorships, review of any existing sports lottery agreement.

According to Mr. Asiamah, inadequate funding for sports programs and projects, have been the cause of Ghana’s under-achievements in sports.

Inadequate funds to provide the necessary infrastructure, build the capacity of sports personnel, attract and maintain highly qualified personnel, provide support services to elite and up and coming sports persons, provide adequate sports equipment as well as organize national and international sports events, have been the major reasons for our under-achievements in sports.

All these require substantial financial outlay. Unfortunately competing priorities of government, does not allow the funding for all the 43 sporting disciplines, sports programs and projects from national coffers. He stated.

He noted that sports today, was not only about winning championships and medals, but also a means to an end.

The means to an end is the use of sports to achieve developmental goals such as job creation, peaceful co-existence, teamwork, acceptance of rules and respect for one another.

Today sport is used as a tool to eliminate social vices like crime, drug abuse, racism, hooliganism, violence and discrimination. Sports as a means to an end is very crucial to a developing democratic nation like Ghana, he added.

In his response Mr. Hadzide, Chairman for the committee, said the vision of government was to establish a sustainable and reliable source of funding for sports and sports infrastructure development.

Sports funding and infrastructural development is a laudable idea and visionthis has to happen if government has to live up to the obligation imposed on it by article 37(5) of the 1992 constitution. He said

Mr. Hadzide assured the minister and government of the technical committee’s willingness to work and justify the trust repose in them

We are aware of the onerous responsibilities this nomination imposes on uswe shall work diligently and to the best of our abilities he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana-China relations must survive galamsey controversy

Accra, There is the need to ensure that illegal mining or galamsey is successfully brought to an end, without the marring of the good relations between Ghana and China.

Dr. Kweku Appiah, who prefers to be called a ‘Friend of China’ told the Ghana News Agency in an interview, in Accra, that: It is very important to note that illegal mining or galamsey, is not the official policy of the Government of China, hence the need for circumspection in dealing with the issues.

We need to look at the causes, who are involved, and what measures can be put in place so that by the time we have resolved the galamsey problem, we would also not have destroyed our good relations with China, he said.

He said illegal mining was counter-productive by all standards, and anyone who insisted on the illegal activity had to be condemned without any reservations.

Dr. Appiah said whilst it was a known fact that some citizens of China had been arrested for indulging in illegal mining, the galamsey issue entailed a lot more than the involvement of the Chinese, therefore, it was important that the media reported on the entirety of the situation for the public to be thoroughly educated.

I would plead with you, the media, to reach out to the Chinese Embassy, Chinese institutions and Chinese NGOs, so we collaborate to solve the issue, he said.

Dr. Appiah said the most important thing to do, was to find medium and long-term solutions to the problem.

Mr. Danny Mawuenyega, also a Friend of China, said: In our recent interactions with the Chinese Ambassador, she has emphatically expressed her willingness to collaborate with Ghanaian authorities to bring to book Chinese citizens who flout the laws of the country.

We think there must be a collective effort to resolve this problem.

The media has teamed with the major stakeholders in the mining and environmental sector to rid the country of activities by illegal miners that destroy the land and pollute the water bodies.

Some Chinese citizens have since been arrested for their complicity in the illegal trade, thus bringing the spotlight on the Asian country, which is Ghana’s major development and trading partner.

The Chinese Embassy in Ghana has expressed concern about the negative publicity the country was receiving, and called for circumspection to avoid stereotyping and maligning top Chinese officials.

China-Ghana trade volume hit a historic high of US$6.6 billion in 2015, increasing by 18.2 per cent on year-on-year basis.

China’s direct financial investment in Ghana reached US$174 million, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Sun Bashing, disclosed last year.

At the 67th Anniversary celebration of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, she stated that the value of China’s newly signed contracts in Ghana reached around US$1.3 billion, ranking high in Africa.

The Chinese Government also supports educational, social and cultural activities in Ghana with the awards of grants and scholarships.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana needs a “Joshua” to tackle environmental issues

Kpetoe (V/R), Reverend Sammy A. Amoako, the Moderator for Ho East Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church said Ghana needed a strong and confident Joshua to deal with powerful people destroying the country’s environment.

Speaking at the Eighth Ho- East Presbytery Synod on the theme Breaking New Grounds- Revisited: Now is Our Turn, he said, galamsey is the worst form of breaking new grounds to have hit Ghana.

The great harm being done to society at large far outweighs any individual benefit.

Reverend Amoako bemoaned how water bodies were being polluted by the activities of illegal miners and warned of looming health hazards.

He said there was the need for a total change in attitude of the citizenry to value the real worth of human beings and how those activities negatively affected them.

Reverend Amoako also warned the people to desist from human trafficking especially on the Volta Lake, which he said was claiming young lives and casting a slur on the Region.

Mr Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, Member of Parliament for Akatsi North asked Christians to be good ambassadors of Christ and protect the environment.

Source: Ghana News Agency