Who: Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
Where: Cambridge, USA
What: Conferred Harvard University’s 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award
When: 16 October 2015
Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2014 Kailash Satyarthi was on 16 October 2015 conferred with the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award. The award is given annually by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations of the Harvard University.
He was awarded for his continuing contribution to the cause of child rights and abolition of child slavery.
Satyarthi was successful in getting the issue of child protection included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that was adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2015
His co-sharer of the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan was conferred with the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2013.
In 2014, this award was conferred on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
About the Award
Each year, the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University presents the Humanitarian Award to an individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of our lives and have inspired us to greater heights.
This award is given in the name of the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor and Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church, and is authorized by the Dean of Harvard College and the President of Harvard University.
The past winners of this award include luminaries like Martin Luther King Sr, Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Javier Perez de Cuellar; Bishop Desmond Tutu and John Hume among others.