The Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Canada)

The Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Canada)
Pilot International Conference on Environment Global Sustainable Development

Pilot International Conference on Environment Global Sustainable Development

November 28, 2010 00:53 ET

Almas Jiwani, Honoured With International Humanitarian Award in Uganda, Africa

KAMPALA, UGANDA--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2010) - In recognition of her lifelong dedication to humanitarian issues, Ms. Almas Jiwani was honored with the 2010 International Humanitarian Award bestowed upon her by The Honorable Acting Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda, Her Lordship Mrs. Leticia Mukasa Kikonyongo, endorsed by Honorable Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Water & Environment – Government of the Republic of Uganda, during the 2010 International Conference on Climate Change and Environment Global Sustainable Development. She was honored as an outstanding humanitarian who has positively impacted the lives of millions of people globally.

Ms. Robinah K. Nanyunja, President of Pilot International in Uganda, Africa, stated "Ms. Jiwani, President of the Canadian National Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women – part of UN Women, truly embodies the criteria of this award. The 2010 Humanitarian Award recognizes and celebrates her outstanding leadership, compassion for the less fortunate, and advocacy efforts around gender equality and women's empowerment issues across the globe. As a lifelong humanitarian, Almas Jiwani has established herself as a highly sought after speaker, a self-made business woman, and a noted advocate for the empowerment of women and girls. As our keynote speaker, and due to her global engagements on environmental issues such as climate change, global warming and sustainability, she has carved a unique place for herself as first amongst equals."

"I am truly humbled and honored to have received this award," stated Ms. Jiwani. "Climate change is a serious problem now more than ever before." Ms. Jiwani also stated that "All of us have a role to play in mitigating climate change which has the potential to reverse recent gains in alleviating poverty in developing nations around the world; it is particularly important that we work together towards sustainability and green house gas mitigation as a core element of international development."

The three-day Pilot International Conference brought together international dignitaries, corporate executives, politicians, business leaders, humanitarians, and environmentalists from around the world to engage in open dialogue on climate change issues. It served as an international platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas and to help establish practical frameworks on how businesses can develop sustainably. 

About UNIFEM and the Canadian National Committee (
 is now a part of the United Nations Gender Entity for the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) following a United Nations General Assembly resolution adopted on July 2, 2010. UN Women will become operational in January, 2011. UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations, dedicated to advancing women's rights and achieving gender equality. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies that foster women's empowerment. UNIFEM operates on the premise that it is the fundamental right of every woman to live a life free from discrimination and violence, and that gender equality is essential to achieving development and to building just societies.

The Canadian National Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Canada) is one of the eighteen UNIFEM national committees, which raise the profile and support UNIFEM's work across the world.

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