Former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Louise Arbour, President of the International Crisis Group, received the North-South Prize 2010 today.
The award recognises their work in promoting global solidarity and interdependence through a respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Previous prize winners include Mikhail Gorbachev, the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Rula Dashti, a leading activist in Kuwait, ex-UN General Secretary Kofi Annan and musician turned activist Bob Geldof.
“The emergence of the ‘South’ as a key actor in international affairs is not a threat to the ‘North,’” said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. “It is just another partner in protecting and advancing universal values and a good decent life to more people.”
The prize was awarded by the President of the Republic, Anibal Cavaco Silva during a ceremony at the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon.
Webfile: North South Prize
Photo: Ceremony - Louise Arbour, President of the International Crisis Group,(l) and former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Video of the ceremony