The New Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize

According to Article 5 of the new Statutes of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize,

5.1. The jury is composed of internationally renowned personalities, known and respected for their commitment to the cause of peace.

5.2. The jury shall consist of six members, respecting a balanced geographical distribution and respect for parity and the principle of non-payment of fees. Members are appointed for two-year terms, renewable for a maximum of six years by the Executive Director, in consultation with stakeholders.

5.3. The jury thus created to award the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize must, through the quality of its members and the prizewinners it chooses to honour, be one of the highest international judges for peace. The representative of the Director-General of UNESCO and stakeholders shall sit on it without the right to vote.

5.4. The Jury shall elect its President and Vice-President. Jurors are not remunerated but receive a travel and accommodation allowance, if applicable. A quorum of four people is required for the jury to deliberate. The working languages of the jury are English and French.

5.5. The Jury shall conduct its work and deliberations in accordance with these Statutes and with the assistance of the representative of the Director-General. Decisions shall be taken by consensus as far as possible and, otherwise, by secret ballot until a simple majority is reached. A juror does not vote on a nomination submitted by his or her country.

5.6. The Jury shall meet once every two years at UNESCO Headquarters and may decide at its sole discretion to sit in a country other than UNESCO Headquarters.

5.7. The Jury shall send the Director-General of UNESCO an evaluation of the nominations, together with recommendations on the choice of the prizewinner(s), no later than 31 March of the year in which the Prize is awarded.

The New Jury

  1. Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, President of the Jury (Liberia)
  2. His Excellency François Hollande, former President of the French Republic, winner of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, Vice-President of the Jury (France)
  3. Professor Yunus Muhammad, Founder of the Grameen Bank, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, (Bangladesh)
  4. Her Highness Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, Princess of Jordan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (Kingdom of Jordan)
  5. Mr Forest Whitaker, actor, director and producer, founder of the NGO Peace and Development Initiative, UNESCO Special Envoy (United States of America)
  6. Mr Michel Camdessus, former Director of the International Monetary Fund (France)
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