Jury to decide winner of Felix HouphouŽt-Boigny Peace PrizeParis, January 7 - The international jury of the Felix HouphouŽt-Boigny Peace Prize will meet on January 8 (3 p.m.) at UNESCO Headquarters to select the winners for 2003. The decision should be announced at about 5 p.m.
Created in 1989 by UNESCOís General Conference, the Prize is named after the first President of CŰte díIvoire. It is presented with a cheque for 122,000 euros, a gold medal and a UNESCO diploma. Awarded annually, the prize honours people, institutions or organizations that have contributed signifantly to the promotion, research, safeguarding or maintaining of peace, mindful of the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO.
The international jury - presided by former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Laureate Henry Kissinger and comprising such eminent personalities as the former President of Portugal Mario Soares, Nobel Peace Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, and the former Justice Minister under General Charles de Gaulle, Jean Foyer.
The 2002 Prize was awarded to Xanana Gusm„o, President of Timor-Leste. Other previous winners include: Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk (1991), Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat (1993), King Juan Carlos of Spain and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (1994).
Journalists who wish to attend the announcement of the 2003 prize winner should contact the UNESCO Press Service, tel: 01 45 68 17 47