The Prize for Conflict Prevention
Those of good will must rally so that peace may prevail over factors of war.
Fondation Chirac launch, June 9, 2008
Peace efforts are awarded the Nobel Prize. However, efforts to establish dialogue at the root of conflict prevention are rarely, if at all rewarded at the international level. Nevertheless, many men, women and institutions work in one way or another, despite the risks, to prevent conflicts. Trying to prevent conflicts as suspicion and aggression escalate is oftentimes riskier than maintaining peace between two exhausted antagonists, who have oftentimes already measured the senselessness of the suffering they are mutually inflicting.
Conflict prevention is a low-profile endeavor due to a lack of academic definitions and to the absence of recognition by international organizations, despite the efforts of the Boutros Boutros Ghali to create a completely separate category of international action in his Agenda for Peace.
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.
The Jury, comprised of leading peacemakers, then choose two recipients for the exemplarity and the urgency of their efforts: the Special Jury Prize awarded to one or more publicly recognized figures and the Fondation Chirac Prize awarded to one or more private individuals and endowed with 100 000 Euros. > Discover
The Committee of Experts identifies potential conflict zones. After compiling all the various peace efforts, the committee submits to the Prize Jury a list of individuals or institutions who have contributed to creating dialogue between opposition. > Discover
For its fourth edition on November 22, 2012, at the Quai Branly Museum, the Fondation Chirac Prize honored Father Francisco de Roux, for his action in favor of democracy and development in Colombia, and Radhika Coomaraswamy for her action in favor of the protection of children in armed conflict > Discover
For its third edition on November 24, 2011, at the Quai Branly Museum, the Fondation Chirac Prize honored Louise Arbour, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals (ICT) for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda for her efforts in rendering international justice effective and visible, and Marguerite Barankitse for her work in Burundi. > Discover
On Friday, November 5, 2010, at the musée du quai Branly, the Jury for the Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention recognized : Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, for his work in Lebanon, Irak, and Afghanistan, recipient of the Special Jury Prize, Mr.Mario Giro, for his work with the Communauty of Sant’Egidio, recipient of the Fondation Chirac Prize > Discover
November 6, 2009, the Prize Jury, presided by Jacques Chirac, distinguished Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye, two Nigerians committed to the reconciliation between Christians and Muslims, and to Mr. Park Jae-Kyu, President of the Kyungnam University and South Korea’s former Minister of Unification for his efforts to promote peace on the Korean peninsula. > Discover
The Prize for Conflict Prevention
Programs and actions of the fondation Chirac
Monday, February 11, 2013: First meeting of the experts - Monitoring of the various geographical zones: distinguishing factors of tensions, active participants of conflicts, individuals committed to dialogue and mediation…
Monday, May 27, 2013: Second meeting of the experts - Identifying areas where despite tensions located a month earlier, conflicts have not erupted - First round of possible candidates - Continue scouting for areas of possible deterioration and zones of tensions
Wednesday, October 3, 2013: Third meeting of the experts - Finalising the présentation of the candidates to the Jury and Jury meeting - Selecting recipients of both prizes: the Fondation Chirac Prize and the Special Jury Prize.
Thursday, November 21, 2013: Ceremony of the Prize for Conflict Prevention