Presentation of the 5th One World Award

Festive award gala for the winners from around the world

Legau, September 8, 2017 - The five winners of the 5th One World Award (OWA) were presented in a festive gala on September 8 at Rapunzel Naturkost. Nearly 700 guests from all parts of the world came to Legau in the Allgäu region. This year, two outstanding projects shared the OWA Grand Prix and the 30,000 Euro prize money:

State Prime Minister Shri Pawan Chamling and the organic movement of the federal state Sikkim/India.

The United World Colleges (UWC) from Freiburg/Germany and Pune/India.

Only within a few years, the OWA established itself to the most important award of the global organic movement. Joseph Wilhelm, founder and managing director of Rapunzel Naturkost and initiator of the OWA, describes the award in his opening address as an "encourager award that honours people and initiatives that promote fair and equitable globalization." The award that is presented by Rapunzel and IFOAM - Organics International is awarded every three years.

The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller and Joseph Wilhelm presented the awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award that went to the Ethiopian scientist and environmental activist Dr. Tewolde Berhan Begre Egziabher and his wife Dr. Sue Edwards for their profound life's work.

The prize money of 5,000 Euro each and an OWA medal went to Professor Amin Babayev from Azerbaijan, Nasser Abufarha (Canaan Project) from Palestine and Martha-Jean Shamiso Mungwashu from Zimbabwe.

The highlight of the gala was the presentation of the OWA Grand Prix to two winners: State Prime Minister Shri Pawan Chamling from India and the representatives of the United World Colleges (UWC) from Freiburg and Pune. Each of the two winners received a prize money of 15,000 Euro and an OWA statue created by the Vietnamese-German artist Dao Droste.

Joseph Wilhelm and the OWA coordinators were excited about the great success of the 5th One World Award and were already looking forward to the nominations from around the world for the next OWA that will be awarded in the year 2020.

About the One World Award (OWA)

Joseph Wilhelm, German organic pioneer and founder of Rapunzel Naturkost, initiated the OWA. Since 2008, the award honours people and projects at the international level who create future in the sense of positive globalization in consideration of economic, ecological and social aspects.

IOFAM - Organics International, the global umbrella association of the global organic agricultural movement, is the ideal partner for Rapunzel for the organization of the award event.

For more information: www.one-world-award.de