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UNDRR confers PM Modi’s Secretary with Sasakawa Award; Andy Murray receives knighthood – Current Affairs

Mishra was awarded for his concentrated efforts and dedication towards serving the communities that are most exposed to disasters. He has selflessly worked to the cause of social inclusion to reduce inequality and poverty.

May 17, 2019 11:30 IST
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Story 1: UNDRR confers P.K. Mishra with prestigious Sasakawa Award 2019

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) on May 16, 2019 honoured Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the ‘Sasakawa Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction’.

The award was announced during the 6th Session of ‘Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction’ (GPDRR) 2019, which is being held at Geneva, Switzerland.

Theme of 2019 Sasakawa Award

The theme of the Sasakawa Award 2019 was ‘Building Inclusive and Resilient Societies’. Under this theme, the UNDRR received over 60 nominations from over 30 countries.

Mishra’s contribution

Mishra was awarded for his concentrated efforts and dedication towards serving the communities that are most exposed to disasters.

 

He has selflessly worked to the cause of social inclusion to reduce inequality and poverty, ultimately benefitting the socially and economically marginalised in the country.

Other winners of 2019 Sasakawa Award

Sidnei Furtado, Director of Department of Civil Defence, Campinas, Brazil

Bijal Brahmbhatt, Director of the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust of India

About Sasakawa Award


The Sasakawa Award is the most prestigious award of the United Nations in the area of Disaster Risk Management.

Instituted 30 years back, the award is jointly organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Nippon Foundation.

The winners of the award can be either organisations or individuals who are bestowed with a grant of USD 50000 as the award prize.

6th Session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR)


The 6th session of the GPDRR was attended by a high-level Indian delegation led by Mishra. The delegation also included Kamal Kishore, Member of NDMA and Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary (Disaster Management) in Union Home Affairs Ministry.

The delegation attended the Ministerial Roundtable discussions on ‘Risk Informed Investments & Economics of DRR’. A bilateral meeting was also held with the European Union on cooperation in India’s initiative on disaster resilient infrastructure.

The session was held under the theme ‘Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies’.

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction


The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a multi-stakeholder forum held every other year to deliberate on latest developments, exchange of information, and knowledge and partnership across sectors.

The forum aims to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders.

It provides strategic guidance to the governments, NGOs, scientists, and UN organisations for the implementation of global disaster risk reduction agreements: 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action and Sendai Framework.

The first session was held in the year 2007.

Story 2: Tennis legend Sir Andy Murray receives Knighthood at Buckingham Palace


Three-time Grand Slam champion, Sir Andy Murray on May 16, 2019 received the Knighthood by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his services to tennis and charity.

The move comes over 2 years after the Knighthood was announced in the Queen’s New Years Honours in 2016, after he won the second Wimbledon title, fetched second Olympic gold and emerged as World No. 1 in the rankings.

The ceremony was delayed due to his busy overseas playing schedule.

Note

Recipients of the royal honour of Knighthood are allowed to choose the occasion and timings of collecting it.

Others who were honoured on same occasion

Novelist Sir Philip Pullman was knighted for his services to literature

Broadcaster Chris Packham of BBC received ‘Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)’ medal for his services to nature conservation

Murray’s announcement of retirement

Lately, Murray made announcement at a news conference during the Australian Open in January 2019 of his plans to retire from the sport after 2019 Wimbledon in June as he struggles to recover from hip injury and a successful hip surgery.

Sir Andy Murray


In his tennis career, Murray gathered a total of 45 career titles; he is the first in Britain to reach 500 ATP match wins and is also the first ever British world number one in the Open Era.

At the age of 17, Murray had lifted the US Open Junior Championship in 2004.

Murray has 3 Grand Slams, 2 Olympic gold medals, and 14 Masters 1000 titles to his account.

He won the 2012 US Open Champion, and the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon titles.

He was a member of the victorious Great Britain Davis Cup squad in 2015.

He held the position of World No. 1 for 37 weeks and had been successful in reaching 11 Grand Slam finals.

Earlier in 2013, Sir Andy earned an ‘Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)’ medal from HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after winning his first Wimbledon title in 2013.

Murray is also the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the UNICEF.