In 1989, UNESCO struck a medal in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India and champion of non-aligned movement and international solidarity. The medal was presented at the opening of an international seminar on “Nehru, the man and his vision” at UNESCO House in September that year, followed by a major exhibition on his life and work in November.

Two years earlier, UNESCO’s Member States had adopted a General Conference resolution paying homage to “Nehru’s vision of world peace, of understanding and friendship between peoples and nations, and of a world order in which different national cultures are appreciated by humanity as a whole.” The medal’s obverse bears Nehru’s portrait in profile, with his name inscribed in English and Hindi. The reverse has the UNESCO logo.

Available in gold, silver and bronze

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