Nobel Peace Prize – UNESCO Director-General says the choice is “a tribute to civil society”

Paris, 9 October — The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today welcomed the attribution of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Quartet that steered national dialogue in Tunisia.

“The Prize is a tribute and a call to support all civil society forces engaged in the fight for democracy, pluralism and rule of law. It is when these principles are attacked that we must reiterate them ever more forcefully through social dialogue, youth mobilization, without difference of gender, origin or faith. A few months after the attack on the Bardo Museum, a place of knowledge and dialogue among cultures, this message has never been more topical. Tunisia represents hope for the Arab world and beyond, and this prize incites us to give it our full support.”