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June 2017
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2017 Laureates to be Announced on 26 September
The 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureates will be announced on 26 September at 09:00 CET (07:00 UTC) in Stockholm. The international jury will meet in early September to select this year's Laureates from more than 100 nominations received from around the world. 
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‘Alternative Nobel’ and World Future Council Mourn Egypt’s Sustainable Development Trailblazer

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation and the World Future Council are deeply saddened by the passing of their Egyptian Laureate and founding member Dr Ibrahim Abouleish, a visionary who addressed his country's crumbling health, educational and cultural preservation capacities. In recognition of his efforts, the founder of SEKEM was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award in 2003 "...for a 21st century business model which combines commercial success with social and cultural development". Dr Ibrahim Abouleish passed away on 15 June 2017. Read more

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Israeli and Palestinian Laureates Reflect on the 50th Anniversary of Occupation

Fifty years after the start of the occupation, the space for civil society in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is shrinking fast, according to 2010 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Ran Goldstein from Physicians for Human Rights – Israel. Speaking at a seminar in the Swedish Parliament library in April, Goldstein voiced his concern about the growing pressures faced by activists on both sides in upholding basic human rights – from access to healthcare to freedom of expression. He was joined by Palestinian human rights defender Mahmoud Abu Rahma from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights. Read or listen to learn more.

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Right Livelihood Award Laureates Asha Hagi Elmi, Sima Samar and Monika Hauser. Photo by Eric Vazzoler / Zeitenspiegelreportagen
Right Livelihood Award and Deutsche Welle Strengthen Cooperation
During the 10th DW Global Media Forum held from 19-21 June in Bonn, Germany, the Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). The Forum discussed the impact of identity and diversity on politics, society and media in the age of “post-truth-politics” and populism, gathering experts in the fields of journalism, politics, business and development from around the world. Özgür Mumcu, columnist with the 2016 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Turkish leading independent newspaper Cumhuriyet, participated in a discussion on the freedom of the press in Turkey organised jointly with the Right Livelihood College. Watch the discussion.
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Meeting of the Security Council to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Women Leading for Peace and Disarmament
The recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council released a statement – Women Leading for Peace – to commemorate the International Women’s Day for Disarmament and Peace. ‘We highlight the success of peace and disarmament initiatives in which women have played an important role, including in Bougainville, Colombia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Sierra Leone, and other regions around the world.’ The statement highlights the opportunity for progress on nuclear disarmament provided by the negotiations by non-nuclear States which will take place in June-July this year, and the UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament which will take place in 2018. Read the full statement including the full list of endorsers
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Narmada Dam Struggle Enters its Final Stage
The government of Gujarat in India recently obtained permission to close the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which would result in the flooding of the Narmada Valley. With this announcement, the 30-year struggle of the 1991 Laureate Medha Paktar and her Narmada Bachao Andolan movement against the dam enters a critical stage. In June, Medha Patkar and other activists held a "Rally for the Valley", which received considerable support from the local population and beyond despite violent crackdown on the protesters by the authorities. Watch our video.
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The Month Ahead
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3-6 July – Almedalen Week with 2004 Laureate Memorial participating in a public discussion about Swedish support to human rights activists in Russia.

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8-12 July - Festival de Poesía de Medellín, Colombia with Laureates Bianca Jagger, Helen Mack Chang, Martín von Hildebrand (COAMA) and ATCC attending. 

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2-12 JulyUNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting, Kraków, Poland

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24 July Cumhuriyet trial begins in Turkey
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