IPP Executive Chairman Reginald Mengi will on Saturday be conferred with the 2010 Global Leadership and Humanitarian Award and the first United Nations NGO Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards will be presented to him in Dar es Salaam by Global 2000 (2010) International in coordination with the Tanzania office of the UN for his demonstration of outstanding work over the years in global human resource development and the war on poverty, diseases and hunger.
Global 2000 (2010) International Founder and CEO Dr William T. Morris told the media in Dar es Salaam yesterday that Dr Mengi was first nominated the UN NGO’s Leadership and Humanitarian Award in 2009 and is the first African to win it. Liberian soccer star George Weah was once nominated, but he lost the race.
“The Award goes to individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to improving the living standards of humankind and have demonstrated at least 20 years of work in promoting the work of the United Nations through the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and Objectives, especially in the war on poverty, diseases and hunger,” said Dr Morris.
He described the IPP Chairman as “a very distinguished Tanzanian, a proud African and the first individual in the world to be nominated and win this most prestigious and coveted award that can be equated to the Nobel Peace Prize in the area of humanitarianism and philanthropy”.
“UN NGO Awards, which are usually given once a year at the United Nations headquarters in New York, involve a rigorous voting process by more than 10,000 registered NGOs,” said Dr Morris.
“This is a once in a lifetime occurrence for such an award to be given outside the UN headquarters,” he added, as he congratulated Dr Mengi on a “job well done”.
He said when Dr Mengi was first recommended in 2008 he was not even shortlisted “because his profile was not so popular at that time”.
“In 2009 we had to make consultations with the US Embassy in Tanzania after the name was submitted for the second time,” he noted, adding that they were amazed by the role Dr Mengi was playing in supporting women and education as well as in fighting poverty.
“When Dr Mengi’s name was subsequently submitted for consideration, he scooped more than 80 per cent votes. After realising that he was sure to win, the selection committee put off the process for almost two years, but still he was the one who emerged the winner,” he pointed out.
Dr Morris meanwhile explained that most rich people in Africa have failed to win awards for philanthropy chiefly because they often direct their assistance into causes meant to guarantee them “personal blessings and salvation”.
“But for Dr Mengi it is different in that he boasts decades of good performance in humanitarian activities, including complementing initiatives seeking to attain the eight UN Millennium Development Goals,” he pointed out.
Global 2000 (2010) International is a humanitarian agency registered as a member of the World Association of NGOs and is also a member NGO of the UN Department of Public Information. It enjoys consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council.
Its major achievements include collaborating with the UN Security Council and the US Congress in ending civil conflicts in Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone and spearheading grassroots HIV/Aids projects in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.