Award ceremony of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
The Award ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 16 November 2016 at 6.30 p.m., on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance.
The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.
The Prize was established in 1995 on the occasion of the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. It was also the year when UNESCO Member States adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. The creation of the Prize has been inspired by the ideals of UNESCO’s Constitution that proclaims that “peace, if it is not to fail, must be founded on the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind”.
In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer and diplomat. During the ceremony, a video dedicated to the memory of Madanjeet Singh, will be screened.
On this occasion, two musical interludes will be performed by the International Philharmonic Choir, UNESCO Artist for Peace, under the direction of Olivier Kontogom. In addition, the pianist Sergei Markarov, UNESCO Artist for Peace, will perform to celebrate tolerance
The ceremony is open to the public after online registration and according to availability of seats.