The United Nations (UN) has sent out calls for nominations for the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize for 2020. The prize honours Mandela’s life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation.
The Prize which was awarded for the first time in 2015, aims to recognize the achievements of those who dedicated their lives to the service of humanity as guided by the purposes and principles of the UN. Presented every five years, it honours and pays homage to Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation.
Individuals receiving the Prize will be announced in May of this year during which the Prize will be awarded.
Resolution 68/275 (June 6, 2014) establishes the Mandela Prize while Resolution 64/13 (November 10, 2009) designates July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day, observed by the UN since 2010.
General Assembly resolution 69/269 (2 April 2015) provides the Statute of the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, including a description of the Prize and details on the aim of the Prize; the nomination process; the composition of the Selection Committee.
The Secretary-General will present the Prize at an award ceremony as part of the General Assembly commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18) at the UN Headquarters.
Specifically, the prize which will be awarded for the second time in 2020, will recognize the achievements of two individuals, one female and one male, from different geographic regions, who have dedicated their lives to the service of humanity as guided by the purposes and principles of the UN.
Deadline for nomination form submission is February 28, 2020.
The Statute of the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize containing information about eligibility criteria, how laureates are chosen, timeline, and other information on the selection and the process can be accessed online at https://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/mandela_prize.shtml.
Nomination for the prize is by filling the nomination form available online at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2zWeD09UYE-9zF6kFubccL7AVgfBncxIuzBUbSI1AYJUOEY3WVBJTFk5VUIyTTBRQzMzS1FJTDQzOS4u.