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Call for nominations for award honouring work with national minorities

Analysis23 May 2011

Every two years, the Netherlands presents the EUR 50,000 Max van der Stoel Award to an individual or institution (including non-governmental organizations) for extraordinary achievement in improving the position of national minorities in the OSCE area. Set up by the Dutch Foreign Ministry in 2001, the award is presented in honour of and named after the first OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, who served two terms as Dutch Foreign Minister.

Candidates can be nominated by OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions and OSCE field operations. The 2011 winner will be selected by a jury headed by the current High Commissioner, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek. The award will be presented at a special ceremony in October in The Hague.

Suggestions for candidates should be submitted to the delegations of the OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions or OSCE field operations before 31 May, with a brief justification and background materials where appropriate, and quoting the reference ‘Max van der Stoel Award 2011’. It will be at the discretion of the receiving OSCE party to decide whom to nominate.

For more information check OSCE website


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