ECW’s Director Honored by the UN Association of Sweden

ECW Director and author, Ms. Yasmine Sherif has been awarded this year’s ‘UN Friend’ by the United Nations Association of Sweden, during a ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall.

The UN Friend’s Award was established in 2005 and goes to a person or organization in Sweden who has worked in support of the United Nations.

Ms. Sherif has dedicated 25 years to humanitarian work in various UN organizations and has been honored with this prestigious award for her years of commitment to humanitarian, peace & security and human rights issues, as well as her efforts to work for reform of the United Nations.

“Yasmine Sherif reminds us that the UN must have a human face and that the organization needs to change to put people’s needs at its heart,” says Aleksander Gabelic, chairman of the UN

The United Nations Association of Sweden statement reads: “This year’s UN friend has worked for the UN for 25 years. She has served in New York and Geneva and has been assigned in a number of countries. Often it has been about giving women and children in war an opportunity to believe in the future. She believes in the UN, but also sees the need for change and tries to draw attention to various opportunities. As part of this, she has written a book about her years serving humanity. This year’s UN friend has devoted much of her life to working for a better world and a better and stronger UN. Thanks to her great commitment, she has achieved a lot.’

Published 20 October 2017

Photograph: UN Association of Sweden’s Secretary General, Ms. Petra Hallebrant  and ECW’s Director, Ms. Yasmine Sherif , 20 October 2017, Stockholm. 


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