Awards / Prizes


Council of Europe North-South Prize

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.

Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres

The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres, initially awarded for a period of three years, represents an opportunity for existing or planned youth centres in signatory states of the European Cultural Convention to subscribe to the values and youth policy priorities of the Council of Europe. It is further a means of encouraging quality development among youth centres on the basis of established standards for educational and policy approaches within the youth sector of the Council of Europe and an opportunity for international networking and exchange between residential educational youth centres and their stakeholders.

Democracy innovation award

At the closing of the World Forum for Democracy 2013, the Council of Europe gave its Democracy Innovation award to the "Women of Uganda Network" (WOUGNET). This prize recognizes efforts taken to involve citizens more in public life and in the democratic process.
Chosen by the participants who voted on some 30 initiatives, this project aims at raising awareness about the need for good governance and public services among the grassroots and local communities in five districts of northern Uganda.

European Diploma of Protected Areas

European Diploma of Protected AreasThe European Diploma of Protected Areas is a prestigious international award granted since 1965 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to natural and semi-natural areas and landscapes of exceptional European importance for the preservation of biological, geological and landscape diversity and managed in an exemplary way.
The Diploma is awarded to protected areas because of their outstanding scientific, cultural or aesthetic qualities, but they must also be the subject of a suitable conservation scheme.

Film Award [FACE]

The Council of Europe presents the FACE award at the International Istanbul Film Festival to the director of a film that raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and creates better understanding of their importance. The FACE award is intended to honour an artistic or documentary film that promotes human rights in accordance with the values of the Council of Europe and the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law. The FACE award includes a sculpture in bronze (created by Freddy Ruhlman, entitled "Spirale de l'élévation") and a cash prize of 10000 €, partly financed by Eurimages, the Council of Europe support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.

Odyssée - Council of Europe Prizes

Two Odyssée–Council of Europe prizes – one for "Artistic Creation" and the other for the best work in the "Human Rights" category – close the annual event "Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen" which is held in the Autumn. The Jury is composed of ambassadors, Permanent Representatives of their countries to the Council of Europe, and members of the Organisation’s General Secretariat including the Executive Director of the Eurimages Fund. Several evening screenings combined with debates and the participation of film directors, producers and actors and actresses are organised for this event. Link to the Odyssée website.

Landscape Award

Opened to the Parties to the European Landscape Convention, the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe is intended to raise civil society’s awareness of the value of landscapes, of their role and of changes to them.
Its objective is to reward exemplary practical initiatives aimed at successful landscape quality objectives on the territories of the Parties to the Convention. The Award is conferred every two years and the files presenting applications should be submitted to the Council of Europe General Secretariat through the Permanent Representations of the Parties to the Convention.