Anwar Fazal

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"Anwar Fazal is a founder and among the prime movers of nearly a dozen local and global citizens movements, including the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Health Action International (HAI), and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

"He is also a former President of the International Organisation of Consumers Unions (IOCU), based in the Netherlands, Environmental Liaison Centre International, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He initiated several global popular mobilisation initiatives including World Consumer Rights Day (March 15th), World Wetlands Day (February 1st), World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st to 7th), and World Migrants Day (December 18th). From 1991 till 2003 he lead a United Nations programme on promoting good urban governance in the Asia Pacific region.

"He is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, popularly called the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Global 500” honour, the Mother Earth News Hall of Fame and the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Peace Award.

"Anwar is currently a Professor and Director of the Right Livelihood College at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, based in Penang, Malaysia." [1]

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  1. Anwar Fazal, Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, accessed December 11, 2011.