Sri Lankan judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, to receive UNESCO Prize for Peace EducationSri Lanka judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, laureate of the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, will receive the award from UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura on 21 September(6 p.m. room I). Mr Matsuura will also present a Special Mention of the Prize to Fundación para la Reconciliación (Colombia).
Born in 1926, Christopher Gregory Weeramantry was judge and Vice President of the International Court of Justice of The Hague. As Chairman of the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER), which he founded in 2001, he has contributed to the promotion of peace education, human rights, intercultural education, social integration, interfaith understanding, environmental protection, international law, disarmament and sustainable development. The US$40,000 prize is awarded to him “in recognition of his ongoing commitment and concrete work in support of the concept and culture of peace throughout his long and fruitful career.”
Created in 2001, the Fundación para la Reconciliación aims to promote the theory and practice of forgiveness and reconciliation. It has also created the project for a charter that would allow for the establishment of a global system of reconciliation. In 2005, 9,000 peasants from Colombia’s poorest areas were involved in a traditional literacy project which included a component of “emotional literacy.” The Special Mention recognizes the Fundación’s “efforts in introducing the concept of ‘emotional literacy’ as a means of promoting reconciliation and forgiveness.”
A round table on the theme of “Culture of Peace Today,” (4 p.m., Room I) will be held with the participation of the two laureates as well as Mohammed Arkoun, Emeritus Professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, and Mireille Delmas-Marty, Professor of Law at the Collège de France, Paris.
The press will be able to meet the laureates from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room V. Journalists wishing to take part are required to contact the Press Relations Section for accreditation.