UN CARES AWARD 2012

The winners of the UN Cares 2012 Award have been selected

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanks all UN Cares teams worldwide for their commitment and congratulates the five winning teams in this short video message.

In 2012, UN Cares introduced the first round of UN Cares awards, to recognize excellence in the work of UN Cares teams at country level. Today, we are excited to announce the winners and honourees in the following categories.

Reaching staff in a duty station with UN Cares learning sessions
Winner: Mozambique
Honourees: India
Sudan (Darfur)
Reaching children and adolescents
Winner: Costa Rica
Honourees: Fiji
Iran
Addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination
Winner: Mongolia
Honouree China
Promotion of HIV testing and the importance of knowing one’s results
Winner: Ethiopia
Honouree: Belarus
Innovative partnerships with UN Plus
Winner: Kenya

From an integrated partnership with UN Plus that guides all local workplace programming to innovative theatre by the adolescent children of UN personnel, who then present to their parents, the submissions show creativity, collaboration and ongoing commitment to HIV as workplace issue.

All of these programmes provide strong examples of what UN Cares can achieve with the commitment of UN leadership and a strong UN Cares team. Short case studies will be developed to help other UN Cares teams learn from these examples. In the meantime, you can see a brief summary of why the winning programmes were selected, here.

UN Cares thanks all of the 26 country teams that submitted an application, as well as the panel of esteemed judges who reviewed the many submissions, and we look forward to honouring the achievements of more teams in the future.

Photos of Award Ceremonies

Mangolia

 

Costa Rica

Who were the judges?

This year’s awards were decided by the following panel of judges (in alphabetical order).

  • Mr. Syed Mohammad Afsar, Senior Technical Specialist, ILO/AIDS
  • Ms. Pam Bolton, Vice President, Membership and Advisory Services, Global Business Coalition on Health
  • Mr. David Chipanta, Partnerships Advisor, UNAIDS, UN Plus member
  • Mr. Michael Emery, Director, Division for Human Resources, UNFPA
  • Mr. Christopher Land-Kazlauskas, on behalf of Coordinating Committee of the International Staff Unions and Associations of the United Nations System (CCISUA)
  • Mr. Mauro Pace, President, Federation of International Civil Servants’ Associations (FICSA)
Awards

Winning teams will receive a plaque that will be placed in a spot designated by the Resident Coordinator, to recognize and commend their efforts.

 

Additionally, each member of the UN Cares teams that receive an award or an honorable mention will receive a certificate.

Rules and Conditions
Concept

In 2010 UN Cares received the UN 21 Award from the UN Secretary General, which gave the programme great visibility.

In 2011 UN Cares co-sponsored the Stigma Fuels HIV campaign with UN Plus. The campaign went beyond our expectations and continues to have an impact in the UN workplace.

Promoting our own award in 2012 will allow UN Cares to continue being in the radar of UN Organizations and UN Country Teams; it will motivate UN Cares teams and focal points, and will allow us to show that there is more to UN Cares than a 3 hour learning session.

Target audience

UN Cares teams exist at country level, and at organizations’ headquarters. The award is a way to encourage these teams to show what they have accomplished and to see their efforts recognized. Only the collective efforts of teams will be recognized; not individual actions.

Categories

UN Cares Teams can apply for recognition in any of these 5 categories:

  1. Reaching staff in a duty station with UN Cares learning sessions A category for entries from UN Cares teams at country or headquarters level showing a wide reach of learning activities to a large percentage of UN employees in a given duty station.
    Criteria: Percentage of total UN employees that have attended training; number and percentage of UN organizations participating; innovative training approaches; participation and support of Resident Coordinator, heads of agency and senior management; visibility of training efforts inside and outside the UN workplace; any evidence of results or impact.

  2. Reaching children and adolescents For UN Cares teams at country or headquarters level that can show innovative approaches to reaching UN children and adolescents with learning activities, with appropriate content and methodologies, and with important coverage.
    Criteria: Number of participants; number of sessions; innovative approaches to learning; number and percentage of UN organizations participating; support by Resident Coordinator; heads of agency and senior management; visibility of training efforts inside and outside the UN workplace, any evidence of results or impact.

  3. Combatting stigma and discrimination For UN Cares teams at country or headquarters level that have carried out concrete efforts to initiate dialogue among UN employees in the duty station about HIV-related stigma and discrimination, ideally including UN Plus and/or local organisations of people living with HIV.
    Criteria: Percentage of total UN employees that have attended training; number and percentage of UN organizations participating; innovative training or communication approaches; participation and support of Resident Coordinator, heads of agency and senior management; participation of UN Plus or other network/s of people living with HIV; visibility of training efforts inside and outside the UN workplace; any evidence of results or impact.

  4. Promotion of HIV testing and the importance of knowing one’s status For UN Cares teams at country or headquarters level that have promoted HIV testing and counselling according to highest standards of quality, confidentiality and respect.
    Criteria: Number and percentage of UN employees that get tested as a result of internal campaign; number and percentage of UN organizations participating; innovative communication approaches; participation and support of Resident Coordinator, heads of agencies and senior management; visibility of testing efforts inside and outside the UN workplace; good practices in transmitting messages about confidentiality of results and UN policy about this issue; any evidence of results or impact.

  5. Innovative partnership with UN Plus and/or local or regional networks of persons living with HIV For UN Cares teams that can show they have established good working relation with UN Plus and/or networks of people living with HIV, and they carried out joint activities for improving employees’ awareness about the basics of HIV and the UN policies around this issue.
    Criteria: Degree of cooperation with UN Plus and/or local or regional networks of PLHIV (e.g. number of joint learning sessions held where UN Plus/PLHIV network members are co-facilitators or guest speakers, number of joint activities such as World AIDS Day implemented, etc.); innovation in partnerships (e.g. types of joint activities designed and implemented); level of outreach to staff living HIV who are not UN Plus members

Other considerations
  • Activities reported in award entries should have taken place between June 2008 and August 2012.

  • For entries from UN Cares teams in a country, only activities that involve more than three (3) UN organizations working collaboratively will be considered.

  • Entries can be submitted in English or French. These are the languages that the reviewing team can manage.

Prizes

Winning UN Cares teams for each category will receive a plaque (similar to the one shown in the picture of this article http://bit.ly/OrHU3d from the office of the UN Secretary General, to be put in a visible space of the UN House, or where the Resident Coordinator designates. The names of UN Cares team members will be engraved. In addition, the winning teams may receive a video message of congratulation from the Secretary-General.

How to apply

To submit your entry, fill out the submission form that can be found HERE and follow the instructions at the end of the document. Entries can be accompanied by up to 10 photographs and up to 3 videos that show evidence. Important: Entries will need to be sponsored by the Resident Coordinator.

Judges

Winning entries will be selected by a panel of 6 judges representing different UN organizations that are active in the UN Cares taskforce. Judges will represent management, and also specialists in the field of HIV from different UN organizations.

Time frame
June 2012 June – August October 19
Contest is announced Promotion of the award
Via UN Cares website, newsletter; via DOCO; UN organization’s intranet pages, different networks
Deadline for submission of entries.
Questions?

If you have questions or comments, please contact your regional UN Cares coordinator; or write to info@unacares.org and to orellanax@unaids.org