Indian origin media agency wins UN award

MediaGlobal News Bureau Chief Nosh Nalavala with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation/UNCA Silver Medal. Pic Sachiko Deshimaru/The Nikkei

NEW YORK: At a glittering event in New York the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon awarded the Silver Medal in the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation/UNCA Global Prize to MediaGlobal News, the non-profit media agency based at the United Nations Secretariat on Dec 14.
The award was conferred for the agency’s reporting on issues related to climate change and its disproportionate impact on the least developed countries and the small island developing states. The MediaGlobal News Bureau Chief, Nosh Nalavala, received the Award.
MediaGlobal News is a media agency of Indian origin, based in the United Nations in New York. This is the very first time that an organization designed to create awareness in the global media on the constraints of the least developed countries, has been given the prestigious Prince Albert 11 of Monaco Foundation Silver Medal or excellence in coverage of climate change issues.
The UNCA awards are given annually to honor the best media coverage of the United Nations, and are open to worldwide media. Previous winners of the award include the Associated Press and The Economist.
“It is with real pleasure that I learned that MediaGlobal News has been awarded the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation/UNCA Global Prize Silver Medal. This prize is very well deserved. It’s recognition of your personal dedication to the cause of the most vulnerable countries in the face of emerging challenges like climate change. Please accept our heartfelt congratulations,” said UN Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra, High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing States and Small Island Developing States.
“We’re especially proud to be honored by United Nations Correspondents Association, with their depth of experience and knowledge of a broad range of media organizations and reporting styles,” says Kevin Huyge, MediaGlobal News’ Managing Editor. “As the only independent news organization based in the United Nations focused exclusively on development issues in the Global South, we’re pleased that our work is being recognized by our peers.”
MediaGlobal News was founded in 2006 by Nosh Nalavala to create awareness in the global media of the suffering of the world’s poorest countries on issues of economic development, global health, food security and the impact of climate change on developing nations.
“Our correspondents highlight interrelated issues such as climate change and food security in the world’s most vulnerable countries,” said Nalavala. “Recognition by UNCA and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is great validation of our policy of reporting exclusively on the constraints of developing countries using first-hand, original reporting.”
India Post News Service

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