UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights

(former UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education)

UNESCO/Bilbao Prize - Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

© Flickr / Chudaboy - Guggenheim Musuem, Bilbao (Spain)

The UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights 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.

Objectives

The purpose of the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights 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.

Who can win the Prize?

The UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights is awarded to institutions, organizations or persons having made a particularly efficient, exemplary and genuine contribution to the creation of a universal culture of human rights.

The UNESCO/Bilbao Prize 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. For thirty years the Prize served to encourage education for and in human rights and to reward achievement in this field.

Who can submit Nominations?

Nominations can be presented by governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, and by non-governmental organizations maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. A self-nomination cannot be considered.

Each nomination must be established on the relevant form and shall be accompanied by a written recommendation of not more than five standard pages in length, which shall include, in English or French, inter alia (all other materials may be attached as an annex; they will not be returned to nominators):

(a) a description of the candidate’s background and achievements;

(b) a summary of the work or the results of the work, publications and other supporting documents of major importance, submitted for consideration;

(c) a definition of the candidate’s contribution to the Prize’s objectives.

A standard form - available in English and French - is prepared by the Secretariat of the Prize, for each biennial award.

Who designates Laureates?

The prize-winners are chosen by the Director-General of UNESCO, following the proposal of an International Jury composed of five public personalities representing the different regions of the world.

The recommendation of the International Jury is based on its appreciation of the relevant initiatives and contributions, according to the criteria laid down in Article 3 of the Statutes.

The name of the prize-winner is announced on 10 December, on the occasion of the Human Rights Day. Prize, representing an amount of not less than US$ 20,000 and a trophy is awarded during an official ceremony.

Contact:
Irina Zoubenko-Laplante, i.zoubenko-laplante(at)unesco.org
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 38 22

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