Lawyer Nikola Kovačević presented with the Nansen Refugee Award

Belgrade, October 7th 2021 – At the ceremony held in the premises of Royal Norwegian Embassy this evening, human rights lawyer Nikola Kovačević was solemnly awarded with the Nansen Refugee Award.

This young expert has recently been named the regional winner of this award for Europe and thus became the first person from Serbia and Western Balkans to receive this recognition.

The award-handling ceremony was attended by Ana Brnabić, Serbian Prime Minister, Francesca Bonelli, UNHCR Representative in Serbia, H.E. Mr. Jørn Eugene Gjelstad, ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Serbia, H.E. Urs Schmid, ambassador of Switzerland to Serbia, Vladimir Cucić, Serbian Commissioner for Refugees and Migration, as well as many other officials.

Find out more on Nikola and the way he supports refugees at this link:

About UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award

Established in 1954, UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award honors individuals, groups and organizations who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect refugees, displaced and stateless people. As of 2017, it is awarded also on a regional level, for Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East.

The Nansen Refugee Award program is funded in partnership with the Swiss Government, The Norwegian Government, the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Administrative Council of the City of Geneva and the IKEA Foundation.

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