The North-South Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates : a candidate from the North and one from the South (preferably to a man and a woman).

Candidates should be recognised within the following fields of action: human rights protection, defence of pluralist democracy, promotion of public awareness about issues concerning global solidarity and interdependence, and reinforcement of the North-South partnership.

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Council of Europe Strasbourg 29 June 2016
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Lora Pappa and Joaquim Alberto Chissano

Lora Pappa and Joaquim Alberto Chissano

The founder of the Greek non-governmental organisation METAdrasi (Action for Migration & Development), Lora Pappa and former President of Mozambique Joaquim Alberto Chissano are the two laureates of the Council of Europe North-South Prize 2015, a distinction awarded annually to two personalities, who stood out internationally for their role in defending human rights and democracy and for promoting dialogue, global interdependence and solidarity.

The award ceremony will take place in the Senate room of the Portuguese Parliament on 30 June (11.00 a.m.), with the presence of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the Parliament’s President, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, the Chairperson of the Portuguese delegation to PACE, Ana Catarina Mendes and the Chair of the North-South Centre Executive Committee, Jean-Marie Heydt.

In the framework of the visit to Portugal, the Deputy Secretary General will have meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva; the Minister of Culture, Luis Castro Mendes; the Secretary of State of European Affairs, Margarida Marques and the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina. (more...)