Linda Norgrove wins UN recognition

Western Isles aid worker, Linda Norgrove has been posthumously recognised by the UN for her work in Afghanistan.

She has been awarded a Green Star award by the United Nations and the environmental group founded by the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The 36-year-old Uig-based woman was killed last year in a failed US special forces rescue from kidnappers in Afghanistan where she had been working for an American aid programme for women and children.

She was recognised posthumously for her outstanding leadership and commitment to responding to the severe environmental challenges in Afghanistan.

The awards ceremony was held in Bern, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the ninth meeting of the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies.

Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), paid tribute to the winners, saying: “They make our work possible, they make our work meaningful and very often they make the difference between life and death.” The awards are an initiative of Green Cross International, an environmental organisation founded by Mr Gorbachev in 1993.