UNESCO Prizes in Social and Human Sciences
Created in 2003 on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the purpose of the prize, awarded every two years, is to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science.
UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights
(former UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education)
The UNESCO/Bilbao Prize, awarded every two years, carries on the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, which was created in 1978 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The purpose of the prize is to reward the efforts of institutions, organizations and individuals that have made a particularly important and effective contribution to the promotion of a culture of human rights at regional and international levels.
Created in 1994, the purpose of the prize, awarded every two years, is to promote and reward an activity of outstanding merit that, in accordance with the ideals and spirit of José Martí and embodying a nation’s aspiration to sovereignty and its struggle for liberty, contributes, in any region of the world, to the unity and the integration of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and to the preservation of their identities, cultural traditions and historical values.
UNESCO - International Simón Bolívar Prize
Created in 1978, the purpose of the prize is to reward an activity of outstanding merit which, in accordance with the ideals of Simón Bolívar, has contributed to the freedom, independence and dignity of peoples and to the strengthening of a new international economic, social and cultural order. Such activity may take the form of intellectual or artistic creation, a social achievement or the mobilization of public opinion. It is awarded every two years, and funded by the Government of Venezuela.
Created in 2009, its purpose is to reward social science research work by young researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean which has contributed to stronger research-policy linkages. The prize, awarded every two years, consists of a sum of US $10,000 which may be divided equally among a maximum of three prizewinners. The Prize also provides for the publication of the prize-winning thesis from extrabudgetary funds, if available, with the assistance of a publishing house and under the auspices of UNESCO. It is funded by the Government of the Dominican Republic.
See also: UNESCO Executive Board Document 181 EX/56 [PDF, 39 KB]
UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
The purpose of the prize is to reward outstanding activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication field aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO. The Prize was created in 1995 through the generous contribution of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer and diplomat Madanjeet Singh. It is awarded every two years on 16 November, International Day for Tolerance and the anniversary of the foundation of UNESCO.