The final Asturias prize of the Foundation’s 26th year, the Concorde prize, has been won by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The award is one of eight presented annually in the fields of scientific, cultural, technical, social and humanistic work. The Concorde prize recognises an exemplary and significant contribution by an individual, group or organisation towards mutual understanding, progress, and brotherhood among nations.
UNICEF was one of the UN’s first agencies, charged initially to cope with the post-war chaos in Europe and China. Since 1950 its mission has been to improve health and living conditions of children worldwide. UNICEF has grown to employ 10 000 people and swallow a more than two billion euro budget annually. The UN only manages, administers, and forms UNICEF policy from New York. All the money comes from voluntary donations, from either governments, businesses, foundations or individuals. It is spent in the field.