UN & UNCA Awards 2014 to be announced in New York

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UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, New York, December 13, 2013 — On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be the guest of honor at the U.N. Correspondents Association and present the awards for journalists who have provided the best coverage of U.N. activities worldwide during the year, and he will award the UNCA top prizes for the Global Citizen of the Year, Global Advocate of the Year, and the U.N. Correspondents Association Special Award for Global Education.

The U.N. Correspondents Association will be honoring Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica Berti as the UNCA Global Citizens of the Year for the Andrea Bocelli Foundation’s devotion to helping people in need with a special commitment to Haiti. The Association will honor Sting and Trudie Styler as the UNCA Global Advocates of the Year for their work as co-founders of the Rainforest Foundation Fund, which supports the rights of indigenous peoples and preserves the environment.

The U.N. Correspondents Association will honor Enver Yücel, Chairman and founder of Bahçeşehir Ugur Education Institutions with the UNCA Special Award for Global Education. The award will be presented by the U.N. Secretary General, for Enver Yücel’s global contributions to education worldwide.

To journalists from around the world, UNCA will award the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, the Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize, the Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize, and the United Nations Foundation Prize.

The dinner will be attended by U.N. officials, diplomats, and journalists from around the world.

UNCA, founded in 1948, is a non-profit association that represents over 250 journalists from around the world covering U.N. activities at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Previous winners include President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Angelina Jolie, Ted Turner, Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Nicholas Cage, Mira Sorvino, John Prendergast, Raymond G. Chambers with Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Forest Whitaker and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last year, the Association honored Stevie Wonder for his work as an advocate for Persons with Disabilities and Michael Douglas as a Messenger of Peace for disarmament and recognized Emmanuel Jal, South Sudanese musician and former child soldier, and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, for their advocacy of peace through music.

Andrea Bocelli and Andrea Griminelli, flutist will perform at the event.

The UNCA Awards Committee is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging and rewarding excellence in journalism.

Giampaolo Pioli is UNCA Awards Chairman, and can be reached at contactus@unca.com

Media contact 
 Kahraman Haliscelik 
Tel: 646-981 7787
 Email: kahramanhaliscelik@yahoo.com


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Enver Yücel was born in 1957 in Giresun and he studied at Hayarpaşa High School that was a boarding school. After he graduated from the Mathematics Department of the Atatürk Education Institute at Marmara University, which is now known as the Marmara University Faculty of Education.

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