UNESCO invites Member States of the Organisation, as well as interested individuals and/or legal entities, to submit one or more nominations for the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Prize for Peace Research. UNESCO thus intends to honour living persons or active public or private bodies or institutions, that have made a significant contribution to the promotion, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO. Candidates must, moreover, have an international reputation.
Their commitment and work in the field of human rights, the promotion of a culture of peace, their humanism, irrespective of any ethnic, political and religious considerations, must constitute a notable part of their presentation file. More than one candidate can be presented to the jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, named after the first President of Côte d’Ivoire. Established in 1989, the Prize is awarded every two years. It is endowed with $150,000 which may be divided equally among the laureates whose number cannot exceed three.
Members of the Jury are: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, François Hollande, former President of France, 2013 winner of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny – UNESCO Peace Prize, Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan of Jordan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace Sciences, Michel Camdessus (France), former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh), founder of Grameen Bank, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, and Forest Whitaker (USA), founder of the Peace and Development Initiative.
Former laureates include, Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk, as well as Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali, was honoured in 2019 “for his constant efforts to promote peace and reconciliation between his country and Eritrea.”