Three Indian NGOs shortlisted for $ 1 million award

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) Three Indian NGOs, among ten organisations, have been shortlisted for the one million dollar Alcan Prize for Sustainability for 2007.

Alcan and International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) have shortlisted ten organisations from a field of over 155 entries from 53 countries around the world. The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayatand Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation have been shortlisted for this coveted prize, a statement from the organisation said.

The other shortlisted organisations included Centro de Servicios Educativos en Salud y Medio Ambiente (CESESMA), Nicaragua, FARM-Africa, the UK, Institute of Integrated Rural Development, Bangladesh, Los Ninos, the USA, Ningxia Center for Environment and Poverty Alleviation, China, Rural Development Institute from the USA and The Natural Step Foundation, Sweden.

These organisations will now be evaluated by the international Adjudication Panel of distinguished sustainability experts.

"On behalf of Alcan, I would like to congratulate each of the 2007 shortlisted organisations. This is one of the most geographically diverse shortlists since the creation of the Alcan Prize for Sustainability in 2004. The diversity in this year's group of finalists also extends to the outstanding work these organisations are doing around the world. They are a fine representation of what the Alcan Prize for Sustainability is all about," according to Dick Evans, President and CEO of Alcan Inc.

Alcan created the Alcan Prize for Sustainability to recognize outstanding contributions to the goal of economic, environmental, and social sustainability by not-for-profit, non-governmental, and civil society organisations across the world. To ensure credibility and objectivity, Alcan engaged International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) to manage the Alcan Prize for Sustainability.

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