On March 25, ICRC President Peter Maurer was awarded the inaugural Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.
Elisabeth Weintz was a pioneer of creating programs at Harvard aimed to improve humanitarian responses to international crises and training to aid workers. The Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award was established in 2015 by her husband Frederick Weintz. It is given annually to honor an individual who embodies the same humanitarian spirit and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in times of humanitarian crises.
In an article published by the Harvard Gazette, Michael VanRooyen, Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, stated, “Peter has been an intrepid advocate for strengthening humanitarian diplomacy, engaging states and other actors in understanding the respect of international humanitarian law, and improving humanitarian response through innovation and new partnerships. His dedication to creating a safe and secure space for neutral, impartial, and independent humanitarian action is leading all of us toward a new future of aid.”