Alfonso Herrera Franyutti receives UNESCO/José Martí Prize 2016
On 28 January 2016, the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Social and Human Sciences, Nada Al-Nashif, awarded the International UNESCO/José Martí Prize to the Mexican doctor Alfonso Herrera Franyutti for his contribution to the study of Marti's work and activism for international solidarity.
The award ceremony took place during the closing ceremony of the Second International Conference "With all and for the good of all", convened by the World Council of the José Martí Project of International Solidarity, with support of UNESCO and other Cuban and international organizations.
During her speech, Nada Al-Nashif emphasized the laureate's honesty and his dedication to public service, in addition to his contribution to research on the life of the Cuban patriot, whose work inspired numerous global efforts for peace and solidarity.
"You are a role model and mentor for men and women around the world who can learn from your work and expertise to build an inclusive and non-discriminatory society", said UNESCO's senior official.
Franyutti Herrera, founding member of the World Council of the José Martí Project of International Solidarity, expressed his appreciation for receiving the award and for having had the opportunity to sensitize the public about the great problems of humanity and Martí's ideas.
The International UNESCO/José Martí Prize was created at the initiative of the Government of Cuba in 1994 with the aim to raise awareness of equality, solidarity and human rights. It rewards outstanding contributions by organizations and individuals to the cause of Latin American and Caribbean unity and integration, based on respect for cultural traditions and humanist values.
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