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Right Livelihood Award

'Alternative Nobel' Announced

Published tisdag 13 oktober 2009 kl 10.42
The 2008 award ceremony at the Swedish parliament

Sometimes known as the 'alternative Nobel prize', the Right Livelihood Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, this year going to people who have fought against poverty, nuclear weapons and climate change.

The Honourary Award went to David Suzuki, a Canadian researcher, for what the jury called his 'massive contribution to raising awareness about the perils of climate change and building public support for policies to address it'.

Three others will each receive a cash award of 50,000 euros: rainforest defender René Ngongo, of the Democratic Republic of Congo; anti-nuclear activist Alyn Ware, of New Zeeland, and Ethiopia's Catherine Hamlin, 'for her fifty years dedicated to treating obstetric fistula patients, thereby restoring the health, hope and dignity of thousands of Africa's poorest women'.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Swedish parliament on the 4th December.

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