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Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize was established in 1990 by UNESCO: "to honour living individuals and active public or private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO." The prize bears the name of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the late former president of Côte d'Ivoire, who served from independence in 1960 until his death in 1993. It is awarded annually. The prize includes a cheque of US$150,000, a gold medal and a peace diploma. If there are multiple recipients, the cheque is shared equally.

SlName CountryFlagYearAwarded For
1Nelson MandelaSouth Africa1991"For their contribution to international peace, to encourage them to continue in their effort and as a tribute to what they have done to educate their people towards understanding and overcoming of prejudice that many would not have thought possible a few years ago"
2Frederik Willem de KlerkSouth Africa1991"For their contribution to international peace, to encourage them to continue in their effort and as a tribute to what they have done to educate their people towards understanding and overcoming of prejudice that many would not have thought possible a few years ago"
3Hague Academy of International LawNetherlands1992"We believe the world is in a new phase of international relations. Quite different from the one through which we have just gone (...) and we are convinced that international law must be given a larger role in the settlement of international disputes and in the solution of international problems."
4Yitzhak RabinIsrael1993"We have concluded that this year, naturally, the most dramatic and important event has been the agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, and our Committee has therefore awarded the 1993 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on the Israeli side, and to Chairman Yasser Arafat for the Palestine Liberation Organization."
5Shimon PeresIsrael1993"We have concluded that this year, naturally, the most dramatic and important event has been the agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, and our Committee has therefore awarded the 1993 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on the Israeli side, and to Chairman Yasser Arafat for the Palestine Liberation Organization."
6Yasser ArafatPalestinian territories1993"We have concluded that this year, naturally, the most dramatic and important event has been the agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, and our Committee has therefore awarded the 1993 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on the Israeli side, and to Chairman Yasser Arafat for the Palestine Liberation Organization."
7Juan Carlos I of SpainSpain1994"(...) [The King of Spain], for his role in guaranteeing the transition to democracy, for his continuing contribution to the protection of minorities in the transition to democracy, and for the international role of conciliation that Spain has played. [Carter for] his capacity as Chairman of the Carter Center and his contribution to the pursuit of peace in many different parts of the world and (...) succeeding in making such a contribution even before the government of his country had requested him to do so."
8Jimmy CarterUnited States1994"(...) [The King of Spain], for his role in guaranteeing the transition to democracy, for his continuing contribution to the protection of minorities in the transition to democracy, and for the international role of conciliation that Spain has played. [Carter for] his capacity as Chairman of the Carter Center and his contribution to the pursuit of peace in many different parts of the world and (...) succeeding in making such a contribution even before the government of his country had requested him to do so."
9Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesSwitzerland1995"We have agreed unanimously to give a dual prize to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the work that it is doing and secondly to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ms. Ogata, for the distinctive quality she has added to the mission that has been assigned to her, for the excellence of her efforts and for the way she has raised international concern for the refugees."
10Sadako OgataJapan1995"We have agreed unanimously to give a dual prize to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the work that it is doing and secondly to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ms. Ogata, for the distinctive quality she has added to the mission that has been assigned to her, for the excellence of her efforts and for the way she has raised international concern for the refugees."
11Álvaro Enrique Arzú IrigoyenGuatemala1996"We have agreed unanimously to give a dual prize to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the work that it is doing and secondly to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ms. Ogata, for the distinctive quality she has added to the mission that has been assigned to her, for the excellence of her efforts and for the way she has raised international concern for the refugees."
12Rolando MoránGuatemala1996"We have agreed unanimously to give a dual prize to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the work that it is doing and secondly to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ms. Ogata, for the distinctive quality she has added to the mission that has been assigned to her, for the excellence of her efforts and for the way she has raised international concern for the refugees."
13Fidel V. RamosPhilippines1997"For the agreement they have made in ending the conflict on 2nd September 1996 between the Philippines Government and the Moro National Liberation Front."
14Nur MisuariPhilippines1997"For the agreement they have made in ending the conflict on 2nd September 1996 between the Philippines Government and the Moro National Liberation Front."
15Sheikh HasinaBangladesh1998"In awarding the 1998 Prize to Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh who, on 2 December 1997, signed a peace agreement which put an end to 25 years of civil war, and to Senator George J. Mitchell whose work enabled the main players in the Irish crisis to sign the Good Friday Agreement, the Jury has wanted to focus attention on the efforts deployed in the search for peace through dialogue and negotiation."
16George J. MitchellUnited States1998"In awarding the 1998 Prize to Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh who, on 2 December 1997, signed a peace agreement which put an end to 25 years of civil war, and to Senator George J. Mitchell whose work enabled the main players in the Irish crisis to sign the Good Friday Agreement, the Jury has wanted to focus attention on the efforts deployed in the search for peace through dialogue and negotiation."
17Community of Sant'EgidioItaly1999"In recognition of their efforts in achieving ecumenical understanding between all religions, their efforts of conciliation in Algeria, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Yugoslavia, for their contribution to human understanding and for eliminating the religious, political and ethnic sources of conflict."
18Mary RobinsonIreland2000"For the great contribution that she has made for the defence and promotion of Human Rights. The decision, of course, was unanimous."
20Kay Rala Xanana GusmãoEast Timor2002"For his contribution to the fight for human dignity and for his conduct which has elevated the human spirit not only in his region, but in the world."
21Roger EtchegarayFrance2003"In recognition of their action in favour of inter-faith dialogue, tolerance and peace."
22Mustafa Ceri?Bosnia and Herzegovina2003"In recognition of their action in favour of inter-faith dialogue, tolerance and peace."
24Abdoulaye WadeSenegal2005"For his contributions to democracy in Senegal, and for his role in mediating political disputes in the region."
26Martti AhtisaariFinland2007"For leading the process that resulted in independence of Namibia and for [his] very great contribution to the resolution of the fatricidal conflict between the Indonesian Government and the Free Aceh Movement."
27Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaBrazil2008"For his actions in pursuit of peace, dialogue, democracy, social justice and equal rights, as well as for his valuable contribution to the eradication of poverty and the protection of minorities' rights."
30Grandmothers of the Plaza de MayoArgentina2011"For his actions in pursuit of peace, dialogue, democracy, social justice and equal rights, as well as for his valuable contribution to the eradication of poverty and the protection of minorities' rights."
31François HollandeFrance2013"For his actions in pursuit of peace, dialogue, democracy, social justice and equal rights, as well as for his valuable contribution to the eradication of poverty and the protection of minorities' rights."
32SOS MéditerranéeEurope2017"For his actions in pursuit of peace, dialogue, democracy, social justice and equal rights, as well as for his valuable contribution to the eradication of poverty and the protection of minorities' rights."
33Giuseppina Maria NicoliniItaly2017For saving lives of refugees and immigrants.
34Abiy AhmedEthiopia2019For his peacemaking efforts in his country and the Horn of African region.
35Angela MerkelGermany2022For her efforts to welcome refugees during the 2015 European migrant crisis.

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize Awardee (1990 ~ 2005)

Nelson Mandela

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1991

Frederik Willem de Klerk

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1991

Yitzhak Rabin

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1993

Shimon Peres

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1993

Yasser Arafat

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1993

Juan Carlos I of Spain

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1994

Jimmy Carter

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1994

UNHCR

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1995

Sadako Ogata

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1995

Álvaro Enrique Arzú Irigoyen

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1996

Fidel V. Ramos

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1997

Nur Misuari

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1997

Sheikh Hasina

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1998

George J. Mitchell

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1997

Sant'Egidio

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 1999

Mary Robinson

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2000

Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2002

Roger Etchegaray

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2003

Mustafa Cerić

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2003

Abdoulaye Wade

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2005

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize Awardee (2006 ~ 2030)

Martti Ahtisaari

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2007

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2008

Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo

Nobel Peace Prize 2011

François Hollande

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2013

SOS Méditerranée

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2017

Giuseppina Maria Nicolini

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2017

Abiy Ahmed

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2019

Angela Merkel

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2022