Boris Tadić (President of the Republic of Serbia) and Souhayr Belhassen (President of the International Federation of Human Rights), are the two North-South Prize 2011 laureates. The Prize was awarded in Lisbon by the President of the Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, during an official ceremony at the Senate Room of the National Portuguese Assembly, on 27 March 2012.
Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud De Boer-Buquicchio participated in the event, together with Parliamentary Assembly President Jean-Claude Mignon; President of the Portuguese Parliament Assunção Esteves; Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre Deborah Bergamini; and President of the Portuguese Parliamentary Delegation to PACE João Bosco Mota Amaral. (more...)
The award recognises their work in promoting global solidarity and interdependence through a respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law. (more...)
The 2009 North-South Prize was awarded to Mikhail Gorbachev, historic figure in the winds of change that put an end to the Cold War, and Rula Dashti, a Kuwaiti Parliamentarian defending the rights of women. Two other major events marked 20 years of the North-South Centre in Lisbon: a round table on global interdependence and solidarity on 18 May, and the exhibition ''20 Bridge Builders in the History of Humanity'' on 18 - 31 May. (more...)
The official award ceremony of the 2008 North-South Prize took place on 16 March 2009 in Lisbon. Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan, and Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, High Representative of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilisations, are the winners of the 2008 Prize. ''Our aim is to strengthen the dialogue between different parts of the world based on respect for human rights and democracy and to counter the rise in intolerance, extremism and violence around the world,'' stated Maud de Boer-Buquicchio in her speech at the Senate Room of the Portuguese Parliament. Lluís Maria de Puig said at the ceremony that the two winners ''symbolise a meeting of civilisations,'' which had marked the Iberian Peninsula in the past. (more...)
Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General and Simone Veil, the first President of the directly elected European Parliament, have received the 13th Council of Europe North-South Prize during a solemn ceremony held in Lisbon on 1 April. (more...)