The U.N. Population Award 2017 is also to you

The U.N Secretary General signed the beautiful diploma below for Hans,¬†with a¬†wonderful motivation that truly captures Hans’ dedication.¬†It¬†was a great¬†honor for me to visit U.N. headquarters last week to¬†receive the prize on Hans’s behalf.¬†I thanked the committee for choosing Hans, but¬†I also expressed Hans’ thankfulness to all of You¬†who supported him during the past decades. This award is also to You!

To¬†carry¬†Hans’ legacy forward,¬†at the award ceremony, I did what Hans would have done.¬†I took the chance to teach. The slides I used are downloadable here¬†among our¬†many other free slideshows. Please take them and use them!

To all of you who loved¬†Hans’ excitement for enlightenment,¬†it’s time for you to take responsibility. Please help¬†us¬†carry¬†Hans’ legacy forward into the next decade. Download Gapminder’s¬†free slides¬†and tools, and promote a fact-based worldview to everyone you meet all the time. With your support, Gapminder could¬†potentially win¬†even more¬†U.N. Prizes in the future!¬†ūüėČ

Thanks!

Ola Rosling, President of the Gapminder Foundation

(More photos from the ceremony are further down the page).

Motivation:

“In recognition of the power of his intellect and influence for human understanding and progress; his dedication and unwavering commitment to public health, population dynamics and the eradication of poverty for over three decades; his remarkable quest and success in promoting increased use of data and a better fact-based understanding of the world communicated with his personal wit and humour through a wide range of publications, documentaries and educational videos, and above all, the iconic infographics: Trendalyzer developed by the Gapminder foundation he co-founded to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends from international statistics; his enthusiastic investigation of a rare and previously unrecognised paralytic disease and its cause; for pioneering health research collaborations with universities; and for his sterling leadership in championing international cooperation in health.”