2018 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

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Aurora to Honor International Humanitarians…

The fundraising event in New York City will mark…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is glad to announce that on October 19, 2020, a special Gratitude in Action luncheon will be organized in New York City to celebrate Aurora’s fifth anniversary by honoring the five Aurora Prize Laureates and paying tribute to New York City COVID-19 heroes.

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2020 Young Aurora

The program aims to encourage, support, and…

We are very pleased to announce that, amidst all the difficulties caused by the current situation, 13 project teams from UWC schools and the African Leadership Academy will be taking part in the 2020 Young Aurora. The project is a partnership between the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, United World Colleges, Scholae Mundi and Teach For All. Student teams at each of the participating schools will enter one project per school for the chance to present their initiative, this year virtually, to an accomplished panel of humanitarians, entrepreneurs and world leaders in October. Project teams are assessed for the level of creativity, sustainability, quality of research and potential for impact that their project proposals demonstrate, alongside the degree of commitment and self-reflection shown by the team. The winning team will receive a $4,000 grant towards the further development of their project. 

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Nominations Open for the 2021 Aurora Prize

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative calls for…

On April 24, 2020, the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative officially announced the opening of the nomination period for the 2021 Aurora Prize and called for putting forward inspiring humanitarians who go to extreme lengths to save the lives of others, including those fighting the global outbreak of COVID-19.

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2020 Aurora Humanitarians Announced

On April 24, 2020, on the Armenian Genocide…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative hosted an online discussion to honor those who perished a century ago and celebrate modern heroes, including those fighting the global outbreak of COVID-19. In accordance with the symbolic traditions upheld by the Initiative for many years, Aurora revealed the names of 2020 Aurora Humanitarians, chosen by the Aurora Prize Selection Committee for their courage, commitment and impact.

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Aurora. Standing in Solidarity

Special Online Discussion on April 24, 2020

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative will have an online discussion on April 24, 2020, the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, at 8:30 am (PDT), 11:30 am (EDT), 3:30 pm (GMT), 6:30 pm (GMT+3), 7:30 pm (GMT+4) to honor those who perished a century ago and celebrate modern heroes, including those fighting the global outbreak of COVID-19. The names of the 2020 Aurora Humanitarians will also be announced during the event.

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Statement of the Aurora Humanitarian…

Aurora directs #AraratChallenge funds to support…

On behalf of the partners and supporters of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, we would like to confirm that during the outbreak of COVID-19 we fully intend to continue our global efforts to help the most vulnerable while supporting local health professionals on the front lines.

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Paul Polman Joins Aurora Prize Selection…

Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE will contribute…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has confirmed the appointment of Paul Polman, Co-Founder and Chair of IMAGINE and former CEO of Unilever, to the Aurora Prize Selection Committee.

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New Recipients of Vartan Gregorian…

Researchers Asya Darbinyan and Knar Khachatryan…

Asya Darbinyan with a research project Armenian Refugees of the War and Genocide and Russian Imperial Humanitarianism and a team of scholars led by Knar Khachatryan with their project Urbanization and Socioeconomic Development in Armenia: A Throwback to More Than One Century, were named the new recipients of the Vartan Gregorian Scholarship (Research Grants) Program.

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Nominations for 2020 Aurora Prize for…

Received submissions feature 593 unique…

Nominations for the 2020 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity are now closed. The nomination period had officially opened on May 16, 2019, the International Day of Living Together in Peace declared by the UN to uphold the desire to live and act together in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony. Since then, hundreds of submissions have been received, featuring an unprecedented 593 unique candidates.

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STATEMENT BY CO-FOUNDERS AND CHAIR

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Statement on the…

On behalf of the partners and supporters of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, we would like to extend our gratitude to the United States House of Representatives for passing H. Res. 296 405-11, which recognizes by its true name, a genocide, the extermination of 1.5 million innocent Armenians by Ottoman Turkish Empire a century ago.  

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Lord Ara Darzi to Chair the Aurora Prize…

The announcement was made during the inaugural…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced the appointment of Lord Ara Darzi as Chair of Aurora Prize Selection Committee. Academy-award winning actor and director and philanthropist George Clooney will remain on the Committee as its Honorary Co-Chair, sharing this position with world famous peace and human rights activist Benjamin Ferencz. The announcement was made during the inaugural Aurora Forum taking place in Armenia in October 2019.

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2019 Aurora Prize Laureate announced as…

Aurora honors the Yazidi activist for rescuing…

The fourth annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded today to Mirza Dinnayi, Co-Founder and Director of Luftbrücke Irak (Air Bridge Iraq). Driven by his passion to save lives, the Yazidi activist has found a way to overcome numerous bureaucratic and logistic obstacles to help the most vulnerable members of the Yazidi community during numerous conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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Stamp for Humanity

New stamp features 2018 Aurora Prize Laureate…

A special ceremony dedicated to the cancellation of a new international postage stamp by HayPost, featuring 2018 Aurora Prize Laureate Kyaw Hla Aung, was held on October 16, 2019, during the inaugural Aurora Forum, in the Kamar Business Center in Yerevan.

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GENERAL SPONSORS OF THE INAUGURAL AURORA…

The Forum is thankful to its generous supporters:…

Yerevan, Armenia – The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and organizing partners of the inaugural Aurora Forum are pleased to announce that the Yerevan Brandy Company, Armenia TV and The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan are the event’s general sponsors. The Co-Founders are proud that such respected and well-known Armenian organizations have come on board to sponsor the Aurora Forum.

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Сall Opens for Research Grant Applications

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative kicks off the…

On the second Saturday of October, the Holy Translators Day, Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced a call for applications for the 2019-2020 Vartan Gregorian Scholarship (Research Grants) Program. The scholarship, launched in 2018, was created for early-career scholars and researchers who study the underexplored aspects of the history of Armenia and Armenian Diaspora in the 20th century.

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Aurora Humanitarian Initiative receives…

A delegation from the Aurora Humanitarian…

The visit was part of a wider trip from the group to Rome, during which a series of meetings with Vatican and community leaders was held.

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Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony to Be…

Armenia Tree Project and Aurora Humanitarian…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and the Armenia Tree Project are glad to announce that a tree-planting event in Tsitsernakaberd will be organized during the inaugural Aurora Forum on October 20, 2019. A new grove of trees to be planted will be named after Aurora Mardiganian, one of the Armenian Genocide survivors remembered for her extraordinary resilience and generosity, in spite of the suffering she had faced, and being the inspiration behind the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

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Gratitude in Action Takes Center Stage at…

Aurora Prize Ceremony and Aurora Tribute and…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative announced that the Aurora Prize Ceremony to take place on October 19, 2019 will be open to the public. The Initiative also confirmed a tribute and fundraising concert featuring the Mariinsky Theatre Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev to take place on October 20, 2019.

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Aurora Forum Goodwill Ambassador and Two…

World-renowned musician, humanitarian to headline…

September 23, 2019 – Dana Leong, the world’s top electric cellist and trombone player, will participate in the #AraratChallenge Fest to take place at the Freedom Square in Yerevan, Armenia on October 19 and 20, 2019, during the inaugural Aurora Forum. Aimed at inspiring a grassroot movement around humanitarian actions, the two-day festival combines culture and education, and features inspiring public talks, musical performances, discussions, lectures and masterclasses.

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2019 Young Aurora: The Three Finalists

All three teams will present their projects…

It is our pleasure to announce that after a highly competitive process involving student-initiated projects from across UWC schools and colleges and the African Leadership Academy, the three project teams selected for the final stage are: Smokeless Kitchens from UWC East Africa, Precious Plastic from UWC Pearson College and Young Voices from UWC Atlantic College. We congratulate all three teams as they prepare to present their projects during the inaugural Aurora Forum in Armenia on October 18.

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#AraratChallenge Global Campaign Inspires…

Aurora celebrates the participants of the …

September 6, 2019 – Aurora Humanitarian Initiative celebrates the participants of the global #AraratChallenge crowdfunding campaign who have donated $1 per month or more to give a second chance to the world’s most vulnerable.

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Maison Shalom, Home to Burundian and East…

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Co-Founder Ruben…

Maison Shalom, an international NGO that cares for thousands of orphan children and refugees from war-torn Burundi, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a program featuring public talks and discussion panels by distinguished philanthropists and experts on topics such as humanitarianism, education, among other pressing global issues.

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Aurora Prize Laureate Tom Catena to Speak at…

Chair of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative will…

Dr. Tom Catena, Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Chair and 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate, will participate as speaker at the 2019 World Health Summit to take place on October 27-29, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Catena will join leading healthcare experts and decision-makers from around the globe to discuss ways to advance global health agendas and promote science thought leadership.

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Distinguished Peace Activist Benjamin…

Prominent international lawyer will become the…

July 29, 2019 – The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is honored to announce that Benjamin Ferencz, world famous peace and human rights activist, has joined the Selection Committee of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity as its Honorary Co-Chair. The well-known Romanian-born American lawyer, who has been promoting the establishment of an international rule of law for many years, will be a global ambassador of the Aurora Prize.  

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Volunteer Now to Take Part in the Inaugural…

Aurora Forum is calling for volunteers to…

Responsible and energetic individuals are welcomed to become part of a groundbreaking event and contribute to the international Aurora Forum, which will take place on October 14-21, 2019 and bring together change-makers of the world and global leaders to discuss and share knowledge on today’s most advanced humanitarian and educational practices to further social, cultural, scientific, and technological transformation.  

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Ararat Challenge: The Second Chance Our…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative launches the …

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced the #AraratChallenge, a new crowdfunding campaign aimed at supporting those in urgent need of basic humanitarian aid around the world. The #AraratChallenge is a video-based crowdfunding campaign set to increase the impact and reach of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, whose projects combat poverty, improve healthcare and provide education to those in need. This call-to-donate seeks to inspire and engage people to embrace Aurora’s mission of empowering successive generations of humanitarians.

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2019 AURORA PRIZE CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE ON…

Restructured event will feature a special charity…

The fourth Aurora Prize Ceremony will take place in Yerevan on October 20, 2019 and will be divided into a two-part ceremony, featuring the Aurora Prize itself and a concert by the remarkable Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev. This unique global humanitarian Prize is awarded annually by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors. The Ceremony will showcase Aurora Humanitarians – individuals who have done extraordinary work and had exceptional impact on human life by saving the desperate and abandoned and advancing the cause of humanitarianism in the face of adversity. One of these three Aurora Humanitarians will receive a $1 million grant to continue the cycle of giving by supporting the organizations they have chosen.  

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2019 Aurora Humanitarians

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity…

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity’s Selection Committee has named three outstanding 2019 Aurora Humanitarians, recognized for performing acts of exceptional courage and their commitment to saving human life. The 2019 Aurora Prize Laureate will be announced at a ceremony in Armenia on October 20, 2019. With a $1 million award the Laureate will get an opportunity to continue the cycle of giving and support the organizations that have inspired their work.

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Students from United World Colleges to…

Aurora Humanitarian Project will provide UWC…

Applications for the 2019 Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC schools and colleges are now being accepted. The project, recognized as “Young Aurora,” is a partnership between the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, United World Colleges (UWC), Scholae Mundi and Teach for All. It provides an opportunity for UWC schools and colleges to design projects that will drive positive change in the community through humanitarian solutions. The winning team will be awarded a $4,000 grant to implement their project. Now in its third year, 17 schools and colleges have participated in the Young Aurora Project till date. Previous project proposals have presented solutions to a diverse range of critical humanitarian issues identified near their schools and colleges in countries including Eswatini, Germany, India and China.

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111 PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS FROM AROUND THE…

The Aurora Forum is proud to announce that 111 influencers from political, academic, entertainment, and business sectors around the world have joined the Aurora Forum as Goodwill Ambassadors, showing their dedication to tackling some of our time’s and future generation’s most pressing global challenges.  Aurora Forum Co-Founders Noubar Afeyan, Vartan Gregorian, and Ruben Vardanyan welcome the Goodwill Ambassadors as luminaries of Aurora’s vision to promote innovative and effective approaches to advancing positive social change in Armenia and beyond.

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Aurora Will Help Matenadaran Present…

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative continues to support the Matenadaran, Armenia’s national repository of ancient manuscripts, with a new grant of $20,000. With these funds, the Matenadaran will commission the preparation and design of an interactive table-map of Armenian Scriptoria.

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Surgeon and Missionary Dr. Tom Catena…

Co-Founders kick-start global Aurora Movement by…

12 December 2018 – The Co-Founders of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative have announced Dr. Tom Catena, an American physician and Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, New York has joined the organisation as Chair.

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VARTAN GREGORIAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM…

New $30,000 research grants for academics and…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative announces a call for applications for new research grants. The Vartan Gregorian Scholarship (Research Grants) Program will support exceptional early-career scholars and researchers, with a specific focus on historians and social scientists, in their efforts to study the unexplored questions of the 20th century history of Armenia.

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Eleven refugees and at-risk youth receive…

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative puts Gratitude…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced eleven recipients of Aurora Gratitude Scholarships. Young people from seven Middle Eastern countries began their studies at United World Colleges (UWC) around the world in September 2018. The scholarships allow students to live safely, with support and receive a strong education. All recipients are either refugees, living with the loss of one or both parents, or come from marginalized communities.   

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NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR $1.1 MILLION 2019…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is calling for…

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George Clooney Honors Vartan Gregorian for…

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Kyaw Hla Aung Announced as 2018 Aurora Prize…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative honors the…

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Aurora Dialogues conference 2018

The 2018 Dialogues conference at the Matenadaran …

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Ambassador Samantha Power and John…

Aurora Prize Selection Committee member…

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2018 Aurora Humanitarians visit Armenia

2018 Humanitarians tour of Garni, Geghard, and…

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2018 Aurora Humanitarians visit Armenian…

Presentation of the book "Armenian Legacy in…

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Three Inspirational Humanitarian Activists…

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity…

24 APRIL 2018 – YEREVAN – Today, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Selection Committee announced three humanitarians as potential recipients of the 2018 Prize. Each individual was chosen for their exceptional courage, far-reaching impact and endless commitment to preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes in the face of adversity.

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Ambassador Samantha Power Joins the Aurora…

Leading humanitarian luminary Ambassador Power…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative announces Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power as the newest member of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Selection Committee. As a part of the Selection Committee, Ambassador Power will join the other esteemed humanitarians, human rights activists and former heads of state to determine future recipients for the annual $1.1 million Aurora Prize.

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Aurora Dialogues Berlin

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Hosts an…

Aurora Dialogues Berlin, “Millions on The Move: Need for Development and Integration,” will explore how the European Union, and Germany specifically, can contribute to humanitarian solutions by supporting development and integration. The event will be held on December 4-5, 2017 at the Robert Bosch Stiftung Representative Office in Berlin, Germany. The conference is a joint effort of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, the Stiftung Mercator, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Global Perspectives Initiative.

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Bernard Kouchner Joins the Aurora Prize…

Médecins Sans Frontières co-founder and former…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is pleased to announce that Bernard Kouchner, the co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), is joining the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Selection Committee. The committee, which selects the annual Aurora Prize finalists and laureate, is comprised of humanitarians, human right activists and former heads of state, and is chaired by Academy-award winning actor and philanthropist George Clooney.

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750 Nominations Submitted for the 2018…

Unique candidates for the Prize increased by 100%

In its third year, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity has received 750 submissions for 509 unique candidates.

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Lord Darzi Joins Aurora Prize Selection…

World famous surgeon and health policy maker…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is pleased to confirm the appointment of Lord Ara Darzi to the Aurora Prize Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of a select group of humanitarians, human right activists and former heads of state, and is chaired by Academy-award winning actor and director, and a humanitarian in his own right, George Clooney.

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Dates Announced for the Third Annual Aurora…

Armenia to Host Aurora Humanitarian Initiative’s…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative today announced that the 2018 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity ceremony, Aurora Dialogues and weekend of inspirational events, will take place June 8-10, 2018 in Armenia. Pre-eminent humanitarians, academics, philanthropists, human rights defenders, government officials, journalists and business leaders from around the world will gather for the purpose of galvanizing action to address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and to celebrate the best of humanity. The weekend will culminate with the presentation of the third annual $1.1 million Aurora Prize, a global humanitarian award given to an individual for the exceptional impact their actions have had on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. The laureate is invited to share $1million with organizations which inspire their work.

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