2002 Prizewinner

Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

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President Xanana Gusmão, Laureate of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2002.

“We are honoured to award the 2002 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to President Xanana Gusmão 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.”

NB: The videos below are available in French only.

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

  • Address by Mr Jean Foyer, Vice-President of the Jury, announcing the prizewinner:

 

  • Address by Mr Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, 2002 Prizewinner:

The Award Ceremony was held on 10 June 2003 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and was attended by several personalities including:

- President Abdou Diouf, Patron of the Prize ; 
- President Henri Konan Bédié, Sponsor of the Prize ;  
- Mr Michel de Bonnecorse Benault de Lubières, Representing the President of the French Republic ; 
- H.E. Teiichi Sato, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO ; 
- Mr Amara Essy, Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union ; 
- Mr Sébastien Djédjé Dano, Minister of National Reconciliation of Côte d'Ivoire ;  
- Mr Mamadou Bamba, Cabinet Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Côte d’Ivoire ; 
- Mr Pedro Roseta, Minister of Culture of the Portuguese Republic ; 
- Mr Kim Holmes, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, United States of America ; 
- Mr Ahmad Jalali, President of the General Conference of UNESCO ; 
- Ms Aziza Bennani, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO ;
- Mr Jean Foyer, Vice-President of the Jury ; 
- Mr Mário Soares, Member of the Jury  ; 
- Mr Mohamed Bedjaoui, Member of the Jury ;
- Mr Iba Der Thiam, Member of the Jury ;  
- Mr Andreas Adahl, Member of the Jury ;
- Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO ; 
- Mr Alioune Traoré, Executive Secretary of the Prize.

 

Photographs

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