|On Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 the Jury for the Prize for Conflict Prevention met in Paris. The meeting was chaired by Jacques Chirac, and the Jury discussed the candidates proposed by the Committee of Experts and chose the laureates for the 2010 Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention.|
The award ceremony for the 2010 Prize for Conflict Prevention will take place on Friday, November 5, in Paris. Rajendra K. Pachauri, member of the Fondation’s Honor Committee, will present the Prize on behalf of the Fondation Chirac. Mrs Vaira Vike Freiberga, former President of the Republic of Latvia will present the Special Jury Prize. The laureates in 2009 will also attend the 2010 ceremony, last year the Fondation Chirac recognized:
– South Korea’s former Minister of Unification, Dr. Park Jae-Kyu for his efforts to promote peace on the Korean peninsula, through the Special Jury Prize,
– Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye, through the Fondation Chirac Prize, endowed with 100,000 euros for their work in Nigeria, specifically in their home region of Kaduna.
The members of the Jury, presided by Jacques Chirac:
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali / Secretary General of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996
- Michel Camdessus / Director General of the International Monetary Fund from 1987 to 2000
- Joaquim Alberto Chissano / President of the Republic of Mozambique from 1986 to 2005
- Federico Mayor / Director General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999
- Jorge Sampaio / President of Portugal from 1996 to 2006, High Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Alliance of Civilizations
- Ismaïl Serageldin / Director of the Library of Alexandria
- Simone Veil / Former French Minister, Member of the Académie Française
- Vaira Vike Freiberga / President of the Republic of Latvia from 1999 to 2007
Honorary Member of the Jury: Rajendra K. Pachauri, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President of the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Fondation Chirac Award for Conflict Prevention aims to improve awareness and support for those who dedicate a part of their lives and resources to preventing conflicts.
It will increase international recognition of these efforts, spark new callings, and offer financial means to chosen individuals to continue their work.