The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize was created in 1989 to honour individuals or public and private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace in conformity with the United Nations’ Charter and the Constitution of UNESCO.
The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize is one of the UN’s most prestigious awards, honouring people or organisations for their contribution to peace.
The creation of the Prize provided an opportunity for UNESCO to reaffirm and profile its commitment to peace and dialogue between cultures and civilizations. Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk were the first to receive the award in 1991.
An international jury of eminent public figures, recognised for their own roles in promoting peace, appoints the winners of the award.
The current laureate is Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (2019).
Make sure you read the important information below before you apply for this prize. You must apply through the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Expressions of interest are welcome.
Meet Michel Camdessus, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Her Royal Higness Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, Muhammad Yunus, Francois Hollande, Forest Whitaker, the 2019 members of the jury.
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The 2019 Laureate is Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Peace Prize Laureates since 1991
In order to implement the resolution instituting the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize the Director-General called on international public figures who are reputed for their action on behalf of peace in the fields in which they have pursued their careers.
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