LIIA participates in a new project: "Remember Nansen."

This year, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs is involved in the new project "REMEMBER NANSEN." The project seeks to remind European citizens about the work of Fridtjof Nansen.

Fridtjof Nansen was a diplomat and politician who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of the First World War's displaced victims and related conflicts. He has devoted his life to taking care of refugee issues in the League of Nations. His work is an example of Europeanism and rigid work for a better society. The project is based on three main pillars:

  1. Repatriation of war prisoners from 1919 to 1922, which resulted in the return of almost half a million war prisoners.
  2. Nansen's involvement as the League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  3. Humanitarian aid link with the famine in Russia. 

The project aims to strengthen the current commitment of the European citizens to the preservation of the principles defended by F. Nansen, as a common approach to common problems, support to refugees and humanitarian aid, while fostering the transnational dialogue of the European citizens about the actions of F. Nansen and its consequences. The project provides examples of how Europeans have addressed refugees and humanitarian issues through a holistic approach, led by F. Nansen.

The project includes the following activities:

1. Three photo exhibitions in seven European cities and online;
2. "Human library" - stories of citizens and eyewitnesses;
3. Historical movies, volunteering activities, and online competition;  
4. Closing event in Tallinn, September 2021.

More information about the project, online competition, historical films, and volunteer activities are available here.

"The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer."
― Fridtjof Nansen

Published 11 February 2021