Ahmad Joudeh

Dance or Die

Ahmad Joudeh

Dance or Die


Ahmad Joudeh – Agenda 2018.10.01 Geneva, Switzerland, UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony

1 October 2018 

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices 

UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony
(by invitation only)

The winner of UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2018 is Dr Atar from South Sudan   

The event was streamed live on 
UNHCR Facebook channel (@UNHCR). 

Video (YouTube UNHCR)
Interview of Ahmad Joudeh from 43:30 
Dance (first 2/3) from 1:00:10
The first background painting is by Amjad Joudeh, Ahmad's younger brother.

UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Dr Atar from South Sudan, the winner of UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2018

Ahmad Joudeh, Dr. Atar (Nansen Award winner 2018) and Mrs. Atar ©UNHCR/Mark Henley

Cate Blanchett (actress, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador) and Ahmad Joudeh ©UNHCR/Mark Henley

©UNHCR/Mark Henley

Emel Mathlouthi, "My Word is Free” at The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Intro Painting by Amjad Joudeh, the younger brother of Ahmad Joudeh (photo by Ewoud Broeksma )

© UNHCR/Mark Henley

© UNHCR/Mark Henley

© UNHCR/Mark Henley

Filippo Grandi (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), Sigrid (singer), Anita Rani (TV presenter), Anoushka Shankar (sitar player), Dr. Atar (Nansen Award winner 2018), Mrs. Atar, Cate Blanchett (actress, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador), Ahmad Joudeh, and Nomzamo Mbatha (actress) ©UNHCR/Mark Henley

UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award


The UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award is presented every year to an individual or organization who has dedicated their time going above and beyond the call of duty to help people forcibly displaced from their homes.

The Award is named after Fridtjof Nansen, courageous Norwegian explorer and humanitarian who served as the first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations. 

See also UNHCR News of 1 October 2018

Facebook live

British TV presenter Anita Rani will host a
 Facebook Live Show where you will get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to our Nansen Award ceremony. Join us for an evening featuring a keynote address from UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and actor Cate Blanchett and an incredible lineup of performances; including globally renowned sitar player Anoushka Shankar, Syrian ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh and Norwegian pop star Sigrid. The 2018 Nansen Refugee Award ceremony will be hosted by South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha.