North-South Prize of the Council of Europe
The North-South Prize is awarded each year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity.
The candidates, preferably a man and a woman, must have distinguished themselves in the following areas: protection of human rights, defence of pluralist democracy, public awareness raising on issues of global interdependence and solidarity. Despite the variety of nationalities and fields of action of those that have received the Prize since its creation, they all have in common a strong commitment to the promotion of North-South partnership.
International Commission against the Death Penalty
The Jury acknowledged the unique contribution of the ICDP during its ten years of existence to the global trend against the death penalty and its key role in the international movement that advocates for its abolition.
On the 10th anniversary of the ICDP, the North-South Prize recognizes its contribution, on substance, to the promotion of the most fundamental human right – the right to life; and, on form, to international solidarity and partnership. Twenty-two personalities and twenty-three states from all over the world contribute to the mission of the ICDP with the purpose to act universally for the achievement of this common goal.
Network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change
The Jury recognized the work of the MedECC network, composed by more than six hundred scientists from 35 states from the Mediterranean and Europe.
The MedECC network - that elaborated the first-ever scientific assessment on climate and environmental change impact in the Mediterranean basin - constitutes both, a leading example of the potential of collaboration between states and societies to face the challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability, as well as response to the need of scientific and expert cooperation to produce knowledge-based analysis as a sound basis for policy planning. Its work contributes to the promotion of the 1.5 Global Goal of the Paris Agreement in the region. The network also constitutes a concrete example of the vision of the Mediterranean Sea as a shared space of peace, development and human rights, which led to the creation, twenty-five years ago, of the Barcelona Process.
Sociologist, feminist activist and expert specialized in gender issues, social development and good governance.
Nabila Hamza (Tunisia) is a sociologist, feminist activist and expert specialized in gender issues, social development and good governance. She is the Team Leader of the EU funded programme “Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality”. She was selected by the Jury for her strong commitment to the protection of human rights and women's rights namely for her contribution to the improvement of Tunisian family law.
Mayor of Palerme.
Leoluca Orlando (Italy) is the Mayor of Palerme. In 2015, he created the "Palermo Charter" to defend the right to international mobility and the "Council of Cultures", an advisory body made up of members elected by migrants to give them a voice in politics. The prize is awarded to him in recognition of his efforts to support the integration of migrants and the reinforcement of human rights and rule of law at the local level.