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UNESCO Peace Prize goes to Italy’s Mayor Glusi Nicolini

The Giuseppina (Giusi) Nicolini has awarded the peace prize by UNESCO.She is the mayor of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Key Highlights:

  • Giusi has been awarded for her commitment to saving the lives of migrants and refugees.
  • The UNESCO on 19 April 2017 also awarded the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to UNESCO Peace Prize goes to Italy’s Mayor Glusi NicoliniGiuseppina Nicolini as well as to the nongovernmental organization SOS Mediterranee (France).
  • Joaquim Chissano, the acting President of the Jury of the (Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize) has given this award.
  • He examines the condition and mentioned that migrants and refugees is one of the crucial issues of current scenario.
  • In the Mediterranean where nearly 13,000 men, women and children have perished in shipwrecks since 2013.
  • After becoming Mayor Nicolini has done a commendable job for refugees and also permits the arrival of thousands of refugees on the shores of Lampedusa and elsewhere in Italy.
  • SOS Mediterranee is a European organization working for the rescue of people in distress in the Mediterranean.

About Peace Prize :

The Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize was established in 1989 by a resolution supported by 120 countries.

  • The resolution was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 25th session.
  • The Prize is intended to honour living individuals and active public or private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO.
  • Past laureates of the Prize included French President Francois Hollande, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and others.


  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Heads: Irina Bokova, Kōichirō Matsuura
  • Founded: 16 November 1945, London, United Kingdom
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