1998 Prizewinners

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, and George J. Mitchell, American Senator, Former Special Advisor to the President of the United States of America for Initiatives in Ireland

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The Honourable Sheikh Hasina

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Senator George J. Mitchell


"In a world where there are fortunately fewer international conflicts, the Jury took into consideration the fact that national conflicts of political, ethnic, religious or cultural origin predominate due to the difficulty in ensuring the peaceful coexistence of minorities within single States.

In awarding the 1998 Prize to a woman, 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 with armed groups fighting the government, and to Senator George J. Mitchell whose work enabled the main players in the Irish crisis to sign the Good Friday Agreement (the Stormont Agreement, 10 April 1998), the Jury has wanted to focus attention on the efforts deployed in the search for peace through dialogue and negotiation.

Moreover, the Jury expresses the hope that the results achieved by the prizewinners will set an example to be followed by others."

NB: The videos below are available in French only.

  • Address by Mr Alioune Traoré, Executive Secretary of the Prize, opening the Ceremony: 

  • Address by Mr Henri Konan Bédié, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Sponsor of the Prize:

  • Address by Mr Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal, Patron of the Prize:

NB: The videos below are simultaneously interpreted into French.

  • Address by Dr Henry Kissinger, President of the Jury, announcing the prizewinners:
  • NB: The video below is simultaneously interpreted into French.

 

  • Address by Senator George J. Mitchell, Former Special Advisor to the President of the United States of America for Irish Affairs, 1998 Prizewinner

  • Address by Ms Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, 1998 Prizewinner:

The Award Ceremony of the Prize was held on 24 September 1999 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and was attended by several personalities including:

- Mr Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal, Patron of the Prize ;
- Mr Henri Konan Bédié, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Sponsor of the Prize;
- Mr Eugène Camara, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Guinea ;
- Mr Naby Youla, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Guinea ;
- Mr Pál Pataki, Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO ;
- Mr Henry Kissinger, President of the Jury ;
- Mr Jean Foyer, Vice-President of the Jury ;
- Mr Mário Soares, Member of the Jury ;
- Mr Andréas Ådahl, Member of the Jury ;
- Mr Mohammed Bedjaoui, Member of the Jury ; 
- Ms Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, Member of the Jury ;
- Mr Iba Der Thiam, Member of the Jury ;
- Mr Federico Mayor, Director General of UNESCO ;
- Mr Alioune Traoré, Executive Secretary of the Prize.
 

Photographs

All use of photos is subject to the authorization of the Executive Secretariat of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize (UNESCO).

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