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Centre Résolution Conflits in Democratic Republic of Congo to receive UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize 2020

15/10/2020
10 - Reduced Inequalities
11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
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UNESCO will award the 2020 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence to the nongovernmental Centre Résolution Conflits (Centre for Resolution of Conflicts - CRC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 15 October 2020.

The mediation work carried out by the CRC over more than ten years, in close cooperation with local communities, lends precious support to UNESCO's action. It is also in the minds of children and young people that the defences of peace must be constructed.

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

The international Jury of the Prize recommended the CRC in recognition of its work for the defence of human rights, its “tireless [commitment to the] rescue of child soldiers from militia groups, and their rehabilitation and reintegration into their home communities. [CRC] also brings together communities from different tribes to live together in peace by conducting special training for this purpose.”

CRC negotiates and builds trust with militia leaders and builds trust with them over time while collaborating with child protection agencies. Thanks to the NGO, nearly 1,000 ex-child soldiers returned to peaceful life in their communities since 2011 reutnring to school or professional trainings. CRC alsoprovides them with psychosocial support to help them overcome trauma.

CRC also trains agricultural cooperatives to promote tolerance and build mutual understanding between different communities. It has provided 40 agricultural communities with training in new agricultural techniques, financial management and peaceful conflict resolution between 2014 and 2018, helping almost 2,000 people increase their income and learn to trust ex-combatants.

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions for their exceptional contributions to the promotion of tolerance and non-violence through the arts, education, culture, science and communication. The laureate will receive US$ 100,000.

The Prize is named after its benefactor, former Indian artist, writer and diplomat, Madanjeet Singh (1924-2013), who was also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
 
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Media Contact UNESCO: Clare O’Hagan, c.o-hagan@unesco.org