UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

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"Respect and tolerance are liberating acts, whereby the differences of others are recognized as the same as our own and whereby the riches of another culture are taken as the wealth of all" - Irina Bokova, 21 March 2014

"Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being" - Mahatma Gandhi


The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The Prize was established in 1995 on the occasion of the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. It was also the year when UNESCO Member States adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. The creation of the Prize has been inspired by the ideals of UNESCO’s Constitution that proclaims that “peace, if it is not to fail, must be founded on the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind”.

Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.

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.



Call for Nominations - 2014 Edition

UNESCO invites governmental and non-governmental entities, civil society actors and individuals active in strengthening foundations for peace and tolerance to propose candidates for the 2014 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.

Extension of deadline for the submission of candidates : 16 June 2014 at midnight.

Who is eligible?

The purpose of the Prize is to reward individuals, institutions and other entities or non-governmental organizations that have made exceptional contributions and demonstrated leadership in the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

How to submit your nomination

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the nomination form in either English or French, by post (the original form) and, if possible, by e-mail (advanced copy).

Additional materials (publications, video, audio and other teaching materials, etc.) may be attached to the nomination form.

Download the Nomination Form

Send it, duly signed and stamped, to

Ms Angela Melo
Secretary of the Prize
Social and Human Sciences Sector - UNESCO
1 rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15 FRANCE
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 38 17 / ext. 38 31 / ext. 38 22
Fax: +33(0)1 45 68 57 26
E-mail: tolerance.prize(at)unesco.org

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