ASEAN Prize 2020 calls for nominations

Azlan Othman

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has officially launched the call for nominations for ASEAN Prize 2020, the ASEAN Secretariat said.

Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi said, “At a time when the world is facing an unprecedented challenge in COVID-19, we see the best of humanity through frontline medical and health worker’s sacrifice, and those who keep essential public services running at great risks to their lives.

“Their examples remind us that there are many heroes out there and we should shine a light on their work.” He emphasised that “ASEAN Prize is one way that ASEAN honours their outstanding contributions to our community”.

Established in 2018, this annual regional award honours exemplary achievements of an ASEAN citizen or an ASEAN based-organisation in deepening collaboration between ASEAN member states and/or with the world through people-to-people connectivity, and social or economic cooperation to benefit the peoples of ASEAN, among others.

Nominations will be reviewed by a judging committee to be chaired by the incumbent Secretary-General of ASEAN and his predecessors.

File photo of Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi. PHOTO: ASEAN

The recipient of ASEAN Prize 2020 will, at the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, receive the ASEAN Prize Trophy and a cash prize of USD20,000, sponsored by Temasek Foundation of Singapore and Yayasan Hasanah of Malaysia.

This is the third edition of the ASEAN Prize. In 2018, Erlinda Koe, a dedicated community leader from the Philippines, was the inaugural recipient to be awarded with the prize for her efforts in building an inclusive ASEAN Community by raising awareness on autism and championing support to families in need across the region.

In 2019, the ASEAN Prize was awarded to Dr Jemilah Mahmood, an ardent humanitarian leader from Malaysia for her contributions to support humanitarian responses in ASEAN.

For eligibility, the nominee must be an ASEAN citizen or an ASEAN-based organisation. The nominee must produce valid/verifiable documents highlighting his/her achievements and impacts to ASEAN since the launch of the ASEAN Community in December 2015.

The nominee should also share future plans in continuing the work after winning the prize.

The timeline for submission of nomination to the National Focal Points is 6pm local time on July 13.

National Focal Point for the ASEAN Prize for Brunei Darussalam is ASEAN-Brunei Darussalam National Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam at email: [email protected]