Angela Merkel is awarded the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize
The Jury also awarded an honourable mention to Julienne Lusenge for her commitment to the women who were victims of sexual violence. Known for her work in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she denounced the use of rape as a "weapon of war" and is a defender of women's rights.
About the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize
Created in 1989, this annual Prize honours an individual, an institution, or a private or public body which has significantly contributed to the promotion, research, safeguarding or maintenance of peace, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the Constitution of UNESCO. World-renowned figures have received it, including Nelson Mandela, Frederik W. De Klerk, and Jimmy Carter, who was awarded the prize for his work in the field of education.
The Members of the international jury
- Mr Michel Camdessus, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (France)
- Mr Santiago Gamboa-Samper, writer, journalist and diplomat (Colombia)
- Mr Denis Mukwege, gynecologist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 2018 (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- Mr. Thomas Pesquet, astronaut, Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (France)
- Ms Hayat Sindi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador (Saudi Arabia)
- Mr Forest Whitaker, Actor, producer and director, Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO, (United States)