On Thursday November 21, 2013, the Quai Branly Museum hosted the 5th Ceremony for the Fondation Chirac Prize in the Claude Lévi-Strauss amphitheater.
The President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and President Jacques Chirac were warmly applauded as they entered together. Mr. Stéphane Martin, President of the Quai Branly Museum, then welcomed the audience with an introductory message, retracing the close ties between the Fondation Chirac and the Quai Branly Museum. Next, Ms. Irina Bokova, General Director of UNESCO, took to the stage to read a message from the General Secretary of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, for whom she was the personal Representative during the event.
Claude Chirac, Member of the Fondation Chirac’s Bord of Directors, presented this year’s two laureates: Denis Mukwege and Femmes Africa Solidarité, for her father, President Jacques Chirac.
She warmly congratulated Dr. Denis Mukwege, Laureate of the Conflict Prevention Prize, for his exceptional dedication to women who have been victims of sexual violence, and listed the numerous risks the Doctor and his family and friends have had to endure. Dr. Denis Mukwege offered a brilliant and emotional tribute to African women and called on the international community to help the Democratic Republic of Congo resolve its current situation.
Claude Chirac took to the stage again to briefly present the work of the laureate of the Jury’s Special Prize, Femmes Africa Solidarité. The organization was represented by its founder and General Director, Ms. Bineta Diop.
The President of the French Republic, François Hollande closed the Ceremony with a vibrant tribute to Jacques Chirac’s efforts, which his Fondation is continuing today. He also presented the three issues, which in his opinion had been brought together during the Ceremony: the security of Africa that must be “ensured by Africans”, development, and climate change.
Finally, Claude Chirac thanked the Fondation Chirac’s partners without whom it would not be able to continue fighting for peace.