Lisbon, 12.06.2014 – His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and Suzanne Jabbour, Lebanese doctor, chair of the Executive Committee of the International Council for the rehabilitation of victims of torture, are receiving today the 2013 North-South Centre Prize.
The Prize is being presented to them by the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, during an official ceremony at the Portuguese Parliament in the Senate Room. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is speaking at the event, together with the President of the Portuguese Parliament Maria da Assunção Esteves, the Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre Jean-Marie Heydt and the President of the Portuguese delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly João Bosco Mota Amaral.
The North-South Prize is awarded annually by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe to two personalities: one from the northern hemisphere and the one from the southern hemisphere. Through their action and example, they contribute to the promotion of solidarity and global interdependence, namely in the defense of democratic values and protection of human rights.
His Highness the Aga Khan is globally recognized for his commitment, through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), to the development and improvement of the living conditions of vulnerable populations. The AKDN is a network of private, international and non-denominational agencies with individual mandates that carry out their actions in fields such as health, education, architecture, rural development and the promotion of entrepreneurship in the private sector.
Suzanne Jabbour is a Lebanese doctor with a relevant action in promoting human rights and the fight against torture within prisons and detention centers in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. She is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Council for the rehabilitation of victims of Torture, vice-president of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and director of the NGO “Restart" - Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture.
The North-South Prize has been awarded to 36 personalities so far, including Bob Geldof, Simone Veil, Mário Soares, Peter Gabriel, Stéphane Hessel, Graça Machel, the Queen Rania of Jordan, Lula da Silva or Mikhail Gorbachev.
The ceremony starts at 11.00 am - 12.00 am Central European Time . A live webcast will be available on the Portuguese Parliament´s website: Webcast