In Yerevan, they will be engaging with humanitarian practitioners, scholars, media professionals and policymakers to discuss effective approaches and reforms for peacekeeping and peacebuilding and the role of economic development in the process.
The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, a non-profit charitable organization established on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, today announced a collaboration with the World Leadership Alliance Club de Madrid, the world’s largest independent forum of former heads of state and government. The collaboration, which began May 1, 2017, aims to inspire action to support those in need of humanitarian aid.
As part of the agreement, Club de Madrid members Benjamin Mkapa, former President of Tanzania, and Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, will participate in the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia.
The Aurora Prize is a global award established by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI) and granted to individuals in recognition of the exceptional impact their actions have made on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. Presidents Mkapa and Mogae will be on-hand to celebrate the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate, who will receive a US$100,000 grant to continue their work, and the opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by nominating organizations that inspire their work for a US$1,000,000 award. The 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate will be selected from these five finalists: Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman, Jamila Afghani, Dr. Tom Catena, Muhammad Darwish and Dr. Denis Mukwege.
“We are always eager to partner with organizations that share our mission, and Club de Madrid’s support will be instrumental in empowering individuals to save lives, offering hope to those in need, and inspiring global humanitarian action,” said Ruben Vardanyan, Co-Founder of the AHI. “We are honored to work alongside this esteemed international organization to promote our common goal in raising attention for humanitarian issues and delivering effective responses to crisis and injustice around the globe.”
The Club de Madrid, whose membership of more than 100 democratic, former presidents and prime ministers from over 70 different countries, works to respond to a growing demand for support among today’s leaders in two key areas: democratic leadership and governance and response to crisis and post-crisis situations.
“The common denominator of our diverse membership body and the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is our keen awareness of the pressures and challenges facing the world and our deep commitment to fostering positive change through leadership and citizen engagement,” said Maria Elena Agüero, Secretary General of Club de Madrid. “We are proud to bring our experience, expertise and convening power to further deepen the tremendous impact that Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is making in all corners of the globe.”
About the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI) is a group committed to building a broad, global humanitarian movement rooted in inspiring stories of courage and survival that emerged during the Armenian Genocide. Founded on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative seeks to empower modern-day saviors to offer life and hope to those in urgent need of basic humanitarian aid and continue the cycle of giving internationally.
The Initiative seeks to inspire global expansion and amplification to continue a cycle of giving. By embodying a concept of “Gratitude in Action”, AHI hopes to involve the entire world in this important movement.
The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is an eight-year commitment that dates 2015 to 2023, in remembrance of the eight years of the Armenian Genocide, which took place 1915-1923. It is intended to support people and promote projects that tackle the needs of the most helpless and destitute, and do so at great risk.
The Initiative’s various programs include: The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, the Aurora Dialogues, the Aurora Humanitarian Index, the Gratitude Projects and the 100 LIVES Initiative.
The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is the vision of philanthropists Vartan Gregorian, Noubar Afeyan and Ruben Vardanyan who have been joined by several dozen new donors and partners. The Initiative welcomes all who embrace a commitment to our shared humanity.