YEREVAN, Armenia, May 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ahead of the presentation of the annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, George Clooney has called on the private sector to help tackle the current migration crisis in an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal this week. The full op-ed can be viewed at the following link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/let-the-private-sector-help-tackle-the-migration-crisis-1495658225
Clooney, who serves as Co-Chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee, provided three key recommendations:
- Empower and highlight the "Power of One," the role individuals can play in implementing change from the bottom up.
- Address the root causes of the crises, especially corruption through programs such as the Sentry—a nongovernmental team of financial forensic investigators and country experts who are identifying the stolen assets of African war criminals.
- Harness the power of business to advance humanitarian solutions. With ample resources and less bureaucracy, the private sector can play a much more important role in addressing famine, providing health care and education, and delivering clean water.
Clooney notes in the editorial, "To succeed in addressing these global issues, world leaders should make a real effort to incorporate missing elements in pursuit of a more comprehensive strategy. We have so much work to do. We need all hands on deck."
Mr. Clooney is a co-founder of The Sentry and serves as the co-chair of the Selection Committee for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.
About the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity
On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, an Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored each year between 2015 and 2023 (in remembrance of the eight years of the Armenian Genocide 1915-1923) with a US$100,000 grant as well as the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by nominating organizations that inspired their work for a US$1,000,000 award. Recipients will be recognized for the exceptional impact of their actions on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.
The Aurora Prize Selection Committee includes Nobel Laureates Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee; former president of Ireland Mary Robinson; human rights activist Hina Jilani; former foreign minister of Australia and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans; former president of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo; President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Vartan Gregorian; and Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney.
Contact: Michael Kelly
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