Director of International News Services, RIA Novosti, the international news agency in Moscow.
"How do you quantify dignity? What is the mathematical equation for overcoming adversity? Where is the algorithm for finding the courage to speak the truth?
As I read and reread entries in the UNDP storytelling competition, I grew, successively, interested, impressed and, finally, deeply moved by these vital, first-hand accounts of people striving, of forward progress, of communities working to become a little better – of humanity developing. And as a member of the jury for the competition, I wrestled with the dilemma: is it possible, objectively, to rank these brief works, each of which describes a reality of its own?"