2000 Prizewinner

Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Mrs Mary Robinson, High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2000 laureate of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.

“We have decided to award the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to Mrs Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, for the great contribution that she has made for the defence and promotion of Human Rights. The decision, of course, was unanimous”.

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

  • Address by Mr Henri Konan Bédié, Sponsor of the Prize:

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

  • Address by Mrs Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2000 Prizewinner:

The Award Ceremony was held on 21 June 2002 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and was attended by several personalities including:

- Mr Abdou Diouf, Patron of the Prize ;
- Mr Henri Konan Bédié, Sponsor of the Prize ;
- Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophonie ;
- Mr Pierre-André Wiltzer, Minister for Cooperation and Francophonie reporting to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic ; 
- Mr Moustapha Sourang, Minister of Education of Senegal ;
- Maître Mame Bassine Niang, Minister of Human Rights of Senegal ;
- Ms Tokia Saïfi, French Secretary of State for Sustainable Development ;
- Professor Bernard Debré, Former Minister ; 
- Mr Charles Josselin,  Former Minister ; 
- Mr Bernard Kouchner, Former Minister ; 
- Mr Daniel Kablan Duncan, Former Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire ;
- Mr Ouassenan Koné, Minister of Parliament,  Former Minister of Côte d’Ivoire ;
- Mr Ahoussou Koffi,  Former Minister of Côte d’Ivoire ;
- Mr Laurent Dona Fologo, Former Minister of Côte d’Ivoire ;
- Mr Hervé Cassan, Secretary-General, Conseil de la Francophonie ;
- Mr Mohamed Saleck Ould Mohamed Lemine, Ambassador, Permanent delegate of Mauritania to the United Nations in Geneva ;
- Mr Sydney Sokhona, Ambassador of Mauritania to France ;
- Mr Pádraic MacKernan, Ambassador of Ireland to France ;
- Mr Jean Daniel Leroy, Director, International Labour Office ;
- Professor Daniel Bardonnet, Secretary-General, The Hague Academy of International Law ;
- Mr Ahmad Jalali, President of the General Conference of UNESCO;
- Mr Henry A. Kissinger, President of the Jury ;
- Mr Jean Foyer, Vice-President of the Jury ;
- Mr Mário Soares, Member of the Jury ;
- Mr Iba Der Thiam, Member of the Jury ; 
- Mr Koïchiro Matsuura,  Director-General of UNESCO ;
- Mr Alioune Traoré, Executive Secretary of the Prize.

 

Photographs

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