13 February 2018
Hangwei Li, a PhD scholar in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS University of London is the joint silver medal winner at the 2017 United Nations Correspondents Association awards for her media reporting on climate change and water pollution.
Above: Hangwei Li, far left, with other prizewinners
The prestigious award ceremony was held on 15 December in New York and the prize was presented by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. In the same event, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie was awarded as the recipient of the 2017 UNCA Global Citizen of the Year.
The SOAS student was awarded the Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize jointly with co-author and Guardian writer Kait Bolongaro. The award recognises work which focuses on issues around sustainable and equitable management of natural resources and the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three main categories: climate change, biodiversity, and water.
Before starting her PhD at SOAS, Hangwei was an Africa-based journalist and researcher. Her previous work has been published in Chinese, African and International media, including the Guardian, Financial Times, VICE, NPR, Middle East Eye, South China Morning Post, Beijing TV and Zambia 5FM radio. She is also the founder of Sino-Africa Watch, a media platform and think tank on China-Africa issues. She is the joint silver medal winner at the 2017 United Nations Correspondents Association awards for her media reporting on climate change and water pollution.
Hangwei said: “I would like to thank UNCA and Prince Albert II for this award. It is an honor. I have been working as a journalist for more than six years. Working on three continents has given me the experiences and opportunities to do field research in different environments and interview people from diverse backgrounds- from poachers, sex workers, miners to policy makers and presidents of countries. I am deeply grateful to many people, especially those who were willing to talk to me. Studying at SOAS is starting point of my new adventure. I will keep reading, keep thinking and keep writing.”
The UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) is a professional organization of over 200 correspondents and producers from dozens of countries, representing scores of publications, news agencies, and broadcasters from all regions of the world.