The UN Kosovo Team (UNKT) and the Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK) Announced the Winners of The Journalism Poverty Prize 2019
Marking the upcoming International Day of Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2019 and to promote an increased debate around the issues and causes of poverty in Kosovo – the United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) and the Association of Kosovo Journalists held the 14th Award Ceremony of the Journalism Poverty Prize 2019 contest.
The jury – composed of Ms. Anita Kadriu (Kosovo newspaper Zeri), Ms. Dafina Zuna (Communications Officer for UNICEF) Ms. Rozafa Kelmendi (Project Manager for UN Women and winner of Journalism Poverty Prize 2016), Mr. Arton Konushevci (Journalist for Radio Free Europe) and Mr. Budimir Nicic (Head of the Association of Serbian Journalists in Kosovo) – have selected winners in five categories.
Co-host Ms. Gentiana Begolli Pustina, Head of Board of AJK and Co-Host, Ms. Ulrika Richardson opened the event, followed by speech by former President HE, Ms. Atifete Jahjaga, and finalised by a speech from Mr. Budimir Nićić.
The awards ceremony was attended by UN representatives, media, institutions, private sector, donors and civil society. The winners for each respective category are as followed:
Best short video story award was presented by Ms. Gentiana Begolli Pustina, Head of AJK Board and Ms. Vlora Tuzi Nushi, Head of UNWOMEN Kosovo. And the prize went to Ms. Rejhane Selimi for the two part TV report: “Family Maloku Lives in Difficult Conditions”, published first on Klan Kosova Main news on 7 October 2018.
Best TV Documentary: Kaltrina Rexhepi – “Alms: Business or Need?”, was awarded the award by Ms. Dafina Zuna, UNICEF Communication Officer. The documentary was first screened 5 October 2018 on RTK1.
Best Audio story: Bardha Shkreli – “Reportage on Poverty” was awarded by UN Volunteers Head of Office, Mr. Blerim Azizi. The report was first broadcasted on 14 November 2018 on Radio Kosova.
Best Written Story prize went to Mr. Besnik Boletini for the piece “Poverty, Insecurity, Death”, awarded by Ms. Maria Suokko, UNDP Resident Representative. The piece was published on KosovoTwoPointZero site and Preporter site on 10 December 2018:
Best photography Prize, went to Mr. Arben Llapashtica for the series of photographs on scrap collectors. Ms. Visare Mujko Nimani, Head of UNFPA Office handed over the award. The photos were published on Koha Net and Balkaninsight websites.
During the ceremony there was a video with messages from journalists the worked on social issues in Kosovo for 20 and more years.
Ms. Elizabeth Gowing, spoke about community interventions by The IdeasPartnership, and told some stories of success. She also presented an interesting study Bond Civilc Society Network on fighting poverty.
As of today, 800 million people live in extreme poverty, which means living on less than US$ 1.25 a day.
To eradicate extreme poverty is the first Sustainable Development Goal: NO POVERTY. The Sustainable Development Goals are an opportunity for everyone to work towards a better world.
Governments around the world committed to eradicating extreme poverty for all people everywhere and to reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women, and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions by 2030.
Poverty in Kosovo
Poverty rates in Kosovo remain the highest in the region and in Europe. According to the Statistical Agency of Kosovo and the World Bank, 5.2% of today’s population live in extreme poverty.
Thankfully, Kosovo is witnessing an encouraging trend with poverty rates declining. However, many challenges still remain. For example, the 4.2% GDP growth rate registered in 2018 won’t be enough to contribute to any significant changes in key development indicators.
The employment rate in Kosovo is still the lowest in the region and far below EU average. The overall unemployment rate is very high at 27.5% with youth unemployment at 52.4%. Most notably, Kosovo has also the highest unemployment rate for women in Europe: at 31.8% (Source: Kosovo Statistical Agency).
The UN Agencies in Kosovo will continue advocating for each woman and man to have the right to decent work for enforcing labor standards and addressing any form of exclusion or discrimination.
Note: The United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) brings together the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Kosovo. The UNKT entails 19 United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes active in Kosovo, and includes FAO, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNWOMEN, UNDP, UNDSS, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UNOPS, UNV, WHO and the two international financial institutions, the IMF and the World Bank.
The UNKT works with and for the people of Kosovo as a trusted, effective and impartial partner, helping build a fully inclusive, thriving and sustainable society where no one is left behind.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out a comprehensive vision and universal blueprint to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. With its pledge to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda is our boldest agenda for humanity.
The 17 Global Goals promote human rights and economic, social and environmental sustainability. They are interconnected, universal, inclusive and indivisible: we need to achieve all the Goals to build the future we want.
Learn more at: http://www.globalgoals.org.