24 December 2019

UN calls for nominations for the 2020 Mandela Prize

The United Nations is calling for nominations for the 2020 United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. This prize was established in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity by promoting the purposes and principles of the United Nations while honoring and paying homage to Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition, and social transformation.

The award is presented every five years to two individuals: one female and one male. Laureates will be selected by a United Nations committee and the United Nations Department of Global Communications will serve as the committee’s secretariat. It is expected that the laureates will be announced in May 2020, with the prizes awarded at United Nations Headquarters in New York during the commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day, marked on 18 July.

As per the provisions of resolution 69/269 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, written nominations for the Prize may be received among others, from "Institutions of higher education, in particular universities and other educational establishments, which provide a programme of education beyond secondary education, grant post-secondary degrees and are approved and/or accredited as institutions of higher education by the competent authorities of Member States, as well as independent research centres and institutes that are engaged in dedicated service to humanity, the promotion of reconciliation and social cohesion, and community development."

Nominations for the 2020 prize will be accepted until 28 February 2020.

Click here for more information about the Prize and here to nominate someone for this award.