MARY ROBINSON TO RECEIVE HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY PEACE PRIZE ON JUNE 21Paris - The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize will be presented to Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Ireland, at UNESCO Headquarters on June 21.
Among the dignitaries invited by UNESCO to the ceremony (at 2.30 p.m. in Room I) will be Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, former presidents Abdou Diouf (Senegal) and Henri Konan Bédié (Côte d'Ivoire), and several former French cabinet ministers alongwith France's new secretary of state for sustainable development, Tokia Saïfi.
The Félix Houphouët Boigny Peace Prize 2000 was awarded to Robinson in recognition of her outstanding human rights work.
The prize includes a cheque for €122,000, a peace diploma and a gold medal. It was created in 1989 by UNESCO's General Conference, on the proposal of 120 countries and is awarded each year to people, institutions or organizations that have contributed significantly to the promotion, research, safeguarding or maintaining of peace, in keeping with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO.
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 US President Jimmy Carter (1994); Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed and US Sen. George Mitchell, former adviser to President Bill Clinton on Irish affairs (1998); and the Sant'Egidio Community (1999).
Journalists wishing to attend this event should register with the UNESCO Press Service:
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