10 December 2019
On the 9th of December 2019, JM International received an international ACE Award for its Fair Play music program. Fair Play is a global platform for raising awareness around the fight against corruption amongst youth through music.
The Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award (ACEaward) is presented annually on International Anti-Corruption Day (9th December) in recognition and appreciation to those whom have contributed to the global campaign against corruption. This year’s edition was held in Kigali, Rwanda, the 4th edition of the awards and first-ever held on the African continent.
Crowning the winners were President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and Gianni Infantino the President of FIFA.
The ACE Awards highlight exemplary and noteworthy anti-corruption actions on a global scale, recognising and promoting best practices in the fight against corruption. They raise awareness, support and solidarity; as well as encourage and inspire similar and new initiatives towards a corruption-free society. The Award is supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and a special video message was sent to the winners from Yuri Fedotov, the organisation’s Executive Director.
JM International won in the category Youth Creativity and Engagement, for its work in engaging young people and musicians. Since 2010, Fair Play has organised 6 live editions in connection with the International Anti-Corruption Conference showcasing 16 winning bands from 14 countries. Fair Play has attracted over 500 music videos on the theme of anti-corruption, engaging 12,000 musicians and outreaching over 5,000,000 people worldwide.
JMI shared the Youth Creativity and Engagement Award with Jean-Jacques Lumumba, one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first whistleblowers. Other recipients of the award were H.E. Kenneth Kaunda, the founding President of Zambia, who received the Lifetime and Outstanding Award. The Academic Research and Education Award went to Dr. Maria Krambia-Kapardis (Cyprus) and Dr. Alban Koçi (Albania). The Innovation Award went to journalist Elnura Alkanova (Kyrgyzstan) and accountability start-up SEMA.
The event also saw the unveiling of a new monument from renowned Iraqi sculptor Ahmed Al-Bahrani, symbolised both the openness and the firm resolve needed to prevail in the fight against corruption. A traditional the the award
JM International would like to dedicate the award to all socially engaged musicians around the word, speaking truth to power, often risking their own safety and careers. We would also like to thank our network partners and Transparency International and the IACC team.
Watch the ceremony here:
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