Moratinos reviews with five other personalities in Rome the nominations for the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity 2023


An independent panel of public figures is meeting this week in Rome to review the nominations for the fourth edition of the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity and decide on the 2023 honorees.

The members of the 2023 committee of judges are the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos; former Vice President of Costa Rica Epsy Campbell Barr; the pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization of the Holy See, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle; 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi; the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winner and businessman, Ouided Bouchamaoui; and the Secretary General of the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam.

The six members of the judging committee aim to recognize and support individuals and/or entities that selflessly work to create progress toward peaceful coexistence. Nominations were received during the submission period, July through November 2022, with honorees to be announced in February 2023.

Moratinos considers that “the world is in urgent need of mutual respect, solidarity and understanding. This award embodies all these values ​​and I hope to honor the recipients of the year and their commitment to the advancement of human brotherhood.”

For his part, Bouchamaoui believes that “through this award we can bring a wide range of voices to our global conversation about fraternity. I wish the nominees success in their journeys and that they become role models through their work and initiatives around the world.

About the selection process, Satyarthi assures “looking for people and groups to make lasting changes in society. We need strong actions and bold ideas to make the world beautiful, more just and equitable.”

Judge Abdelsalam confirms that “it is important that we seek understanding and respect among all people and solidify the principles of human fraternity, which is why the award aims to highlight people and organizations that contribute to having an impact on long term and that they are building a framework for initiatives and ideas that foster the development of a more harmonious global human community”.

The judging committee will select the honorees, who will be awarded a million-dollar prize in support of their efforts and continued work advancing human brotherhood, collaboration, and driving real progress.

The honorees will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Abu Dhabi in February 2023.

Past laureates include Pope Francis, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Professor Ahmed Al-Tayeb (honorary recipients) in 2019; the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres; French Moroccan activist against extremism Latifa Ibn Ziaten in 2021; King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and his wife, Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and the Haitian humanitarian organization Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty (Fokal) in 2022.

The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity is an annual independent international award that recognizes individuals and entities of all origins, anywhere in the world, who selflessly work to promote the values ​​of solidarity, integrity, justice, and optimism and create progress toward humanity. peaceful coexistence.

The award was launched in 2019 to commemorate the historic meeting in Abu Dhabi between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Professor Ahmed Al-Tayeb, where they signed the Document on Human Fraternity. The award is named in honor of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates.

(SERVIMEDIA) 06-JAN-2023 09:07 (GMT +1) S/clc

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Moratinos reviews with five other personalities in Rome the nominations for the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity 2023