"Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being." Mahatma Gandhi
UNESCO invites governmental and non-governmental entities, civil society actors and individuals active in strengthening foundations for peace and tolerance to propose candidates for the 2016 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.
Deadline: the closing date for submissions is 29 February 2016 at midnight.
Its purpose is to reward individuals, institutions and other entities or non-governmental organizations that have made exceptional contributions and demonstrated leadership in the promotion 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”.
Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
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.
Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$ 100,000.
How to submit your nomination
Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the nomination form in either English or French, no later than 29 February 2016, by post or by e-mail.
Additional materials (publications, video, audio and other teaching materials, etc.) may be attached to the nomination form.
Download the Nomination Form
Send it, duly signed and stamped, to
Ms Golda El-Khoury
Secretary of the Prize
Social and Human Sciences Sector - UNESCO
7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris Cedex 15 FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 45 68 45 47