Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Prize for Peace for his commendable work in pursuit of peace.
The Prime Minister was declared winner of the award by Audrey Azoulay, the DirectorGeneral of UNESCO, at the 2019 World Press Freedom Day global conference opened in Addis Ababa today.
The event is being held under the theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in times of Disinformation,” and brought together more than 2,000 participants from over 95 countries.
UNESCO’s Prize for Peace goes to individuals who have “actively contributed to bring peace by solving international conflicts, by searching dialogue and negotiation in their conciliation role and by achieving ecumenical understanding for tolerance,” according to office o the Prime Minister.
Past laureates of the Prize have included personalities such as French President François Hollande, Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk; Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat; King Juan Carlos of Spain and former US President, Jimmy Carter.