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Friday, 16 November 2012

EU 2012 Nobel Peace Prize money for children affected by war

The European Union will use its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize money for projects helping children affected by war and conflicts across the world.
On 12 October the Nobel Prize Committee decided to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union for its contribution to peace, reconciliation and democracy in Europe. The Prize Award Ceremony shall take place in Oslo on 10 December 2012.
The Commission has formally accepted the prize money on behalf of the European Union and states that the approximate €930, 000 will be allocated to children that are most in need. In the coming weeks, the Commission will decide on the details of the project, including the precise terms of reference, beneficiaries' selection process and legal and budgetary aspects.
The European Commission's department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection ECHO has been working to support children affected by conflicts around the world, in countries such as Chechnya, the Republic Democratic of Congo, Burma/Myanmar, Somalia, Colombia, Uganda, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Mali, Syria, etc.
Assistance covers a large range of activities, such as providing shelter, clean water, food and the most basic household items to families that were displaced by armed clashes and lost everything. Children are given special attention to be kept from malnutrition. Education in emergencies is also a priority to provide children with a safe environment and offer them a future.


Source: The European Commission