The United Nations Association of New York announced the honourees for its annual Humanitarian of the Year awards on 29th October, during their celebratory gala dinner commemorating the 69th Anniversary of the United Nations known as UN Day. This year's UN Day theme was Empowering Women, Promoting Peace and Progress, and the honourees selected were individuals and organisations which have shown extraordinary commitment to social entrepreneurship, gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the world.
Lord Raj Loomba CBE was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary accomplishment and tireless dedication to empowering disadvantaged widows and educating their children around the world. Lord Loomba was delighted to receive this award and speaking after the presentation said: “I am honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award recognising my work for widows and their children through the Loomba Foundation”.
The other two recipients of the Humanitarian Awards were United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Chairman of H&M (Hennes & Mauritz AB), Stefan Persson.