New Delhi: German Chancellor Angela Merkel
has been honoured with Jawaharlal Nehru Award for
International Understanding for her enormous efforts for
sustainable and equitable development.
The jury, chaired by Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari
has decided to confer the award for 2009 on Dr Merkel, the
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, an External
Affairs Ministry release said here on Monday.
"By honouring Chancellor Merkel the Award for the year
2009, India recognizes her personal devotion and enormous
efforts for sustainable and equitable development, for good
governance and understanding and for the creation of a world
better positioned to handle the emerging challenges of the
21st century," it said.
She has been sympathetic to developing countries and our
own developmental imperatives and has led the search for a
balanced solution based on principles of equity and
sensitivity to the interests of the developing world, it said.
The Award carries prize money of Rs 1 crore besides a
trophy and citation.