25.07.2018 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

New Jury Members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Audrey Azoulay, has appointed the Jury members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Celebrating its 22th anniversary and its eleventh edition this year, the Prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communications fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The newly appointed Jury Members are:

  • Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq, in 2008 that won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. Nandita also acted, wrote and directed the play Between the Lines in 2012. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Nandita's second directorial venture, Manto, based on the life and works of Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the greatest short story writers of South Asia, recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be selected in 2018, in the official section of the festival.
  • Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of Rabat, the Institut Supérieur de l’Administration (ISA) and the Académie marocaine des études diplomatiques, Professor Nadia Bernoussi obtained her Doctorate Degree in Public Law (Constitutional Justice) in 1998. She is a visiting professor in the Law Faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence and Tunis. As Vice President of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, she is also a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Constitutional Law and the Moroccan Association of Political Science.
  • Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953 in Diré (in Timbuktu region). He studied arts at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, then at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, in Cuba. He was Director General of the “Palais de la Culture”, Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Founding Director of the “Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia” (CAMM), in Mali. Konaté was a member of various boards of directors and several juries, such as the biennial festival of photography of Bamako, among others.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer and diplomat. Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$ 100,000.

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