Nelson Mandela Prize

Call for Nominations!

The United Nations is calling for nominations for the 2020 United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize.

The Prize was established in June 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity by promoting the purposes and principles of the United Nations while honoring and paying homage to Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition, and social transformation.

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The Award is presented every five years to two individuals: one female and one male. Laureates will be selected by a United Nations committee chaired by the President of the General Assembly and composed of representatives of six Member States, including representatives from each of the five regional groups, a representative of the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and five eminent individuals who will serve as ex officio members. The United Nations Department of Global Communications will serve as the committee’s secretariat.

Individuals receiving the Prize will be announced in May of the year in which the Prize is to be awarded. The Secretary-General will present the Prize at an award ceremony as part of the General Assembly commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) at UN Headquarters.

Location:

United States

Benefits

  • The prize shall be awarded in recognition of their dedicated service to humanity, in the promotion of reconciliation and social cohesion, and in community development, guided by the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
  • The Prize, to be awarded to each winner, in recognition of the humility of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela shall be a plaque engraved with an appropriate citation and a relevant quotation.

Eligibilities

Written nominations for the Prize may be received from the following:

  • Governments of the Member States and observer States of the United Nations;
  • Entities and intergovernmental organizations having received a standing invitation to participate as observers in the sessions and work of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council;
  • Institutions of higher education, in particular universities and other educational establishments, which provide a program of education beyond secondary education, grant post-secondary degrees and are approved and/or accredited as institutions of higher education by the competent authorities of Member States, as well as independent research centers and institutes that are engaged in dedicated service to humanity, the promotion of reconciliation and social cohesion, and community development;
  • Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council;
  • Laureates of the Prize, unless they are currently serving on the Committee.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Apply Online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: February 28, 2020 (1 Day Remaining)

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For Further Queries

For additional information, please contact Julia Hagl, Information Officer, United Nations Department of Global Communications at tel.: +1 212 963 0943; email: [email protected]
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