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UNESCO Peace Prize goes to Italy’s Mayor Glusi Nicolini

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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