Former German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (2005-2021), laureate of the 2022 Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize, will receive her prize from the hands of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire:
Will take part in this ceremony :
- Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire ;
- Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, current Chairman of the African Union;
- Henri Konan Bédié, former President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Patron of the Prize;
- Abdou Diouf, former President of the Republic of Senegal, Patron of the Prize;
- Julienne Lusenge, Honorary Mention of the 2022 Prize;
- Dr. Denis Mukw,ege, Nobel Peace Prize 2018, President of the International Jury of the 2022 Prize; the members of the International Jury of the 2022 Prize; the Members of the Ivorian Government, the Members of the Diplomatic Corps.
On this occasion, Angela Merkel will deliver an important speech.
The Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize met on May 31, 2022 and decided to award the Prize to the former Federal Chancellor of Germany in recognition of her work in welcoming refugees when she was in office.
An “honorable mention” was also awarded to Julienne Lusenge, President of the NGO Solidarité féminine pour la paix et le développement intégral (SOFEPADI), for her commitment to women victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize – created in 1989 – honors individuals, institutions or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the promotion, research, safeguarding or maintenance of peace, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the UNESCO Constitution.
The Prize has already been awarded to many personalities, including:
- Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk
- Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat
- Former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter
- Former President of the French Republic, François Hollande
- The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.