21 March 2001


VIENNA, 21 March (UN Information Service) -- In its continued effort to mobilize global solutions and new partnerships with civil society in the fight against drug abuse, crime and terrorism, the United Nations in Vienna is again calling for nominations of individuals and organizations that are doing outstanding work to build societies free from the evils of drugs and crime. Eligible candidates will be considered for the annual UN Vienna Civil Society Award, inaugurated with the support of the Austrian Government and the City of Vienna.

Nominations for the award may be made by governments, international organizations, civil society groups or individuals. Candidates may not nominate themselves. New nomination forms are available from United Nations Information Centres, the UN International Drug Control Programme field offices and the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) web site. The deadline for submission to the Selection Committee is 1 June 2001.

"Protecting society from crime, violence and drugs is not simply the responsibility of the authorities. Every man and every woman can make a difference," says ODCCP Executive Director Pino Arlacchi, who is also Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna. "The Civil Society Award focuses world attention on remarkable individuals and groups who have found successful ways to do so."

Those selected will receive their awards -- consisting of a medal, a certificate and a share of $100,000 in prize money -- at a ceremony in Vienna later this year. In December last year, the United Nations in Vienna, the Austrian Government and the City of Vienna honoured two individuals from Thailand and the United Kingdom and two organizations from Colombia and Chad for their outstanding contributions.

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