The 2003 UN Sasakawa Ceremony
Bonn, Germany 16 October 2003
16th ceremony of the United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster
Reduction took place on 16 October 2003 at the Museum of Arts of
Bonn, Germany, in the context of the Second International Conference
on early Warning (EWC-2).
was chaired by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian
Affairs, Mr. Jan Egeland, and hosted by the Deputy Mayor of Bonn,
Mr. Ulrich Hauschild, who expressed satisfaction, on behalf of the
City of Bonn, to welcome this international event.
crystal trophy and a cheque of 40,000 USD were delivered on that occasion
to the Laureate 2003, Mrs. TADZONG, Esther Anwi Mofor, Provincial Chief
of Service for Planning and Guidance in the Ministry of National Education
and Project Manager / Treasurer at the Global Centre for Compliance, Hazards
and Disaster Management (GLOCECOHADIM), Republic of Cameroon, in order
to reward her for her personal long-term commitment and dedication to
the issue of disaster risk reduction, and for preparing the local community
for disasters, in particular by strengthening public awareness on environmentally-friendly
practices and their importance in mitigating disaster risk and engaging
in advocacy activities on the subject.
Three Certificates of Distinction were also presented to the representative
of the Fundación para la Prevención del Riesgo Sísmico
(FUNDAPRIS), Mérida, Venezuela, Mr. Joaquín Linayo, as well
as to Mr. Meda Gurudutt Prasad, from the Coastal Area Disaster Mitigation
Efforts (CADME), Andhra Pradesh, India and Mr. Rafi Ahmad, University
of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, in recognition and appreciation
of their respective outstanding contributions to disaster reduction, thereby
furthering the goals of the ISDR.
the high-quality of the candidatures received this year, three Certificates
of Merit were also presented to the Association Prévention 2000,
Paris, France, represented by its Director, Mr. Olivier Schick, the Gujarat
State Disaster Management Authority, Gujarat, India, represented on the
occasion by Mr. Thiruppugaszh and Dr. P.K.Mishra, and Dr. Jean Pierre
Massué, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, in appreciation
of their valuable efforts to promote disaster reduction worldwide.
more information, please visit the ISDR Website at www.unisdr.org