Celebration of the 2019 Alternative Nobel Prize Laureates

Celebration of the 2019 ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ Laureates

With the Right Livelihood Award Foundation
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Auditorium  Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva

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Join us in celebrating the 2019 Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, and their inspiring solutions to some of the most urgent challenges of our time. 

Introductory remarks by Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Aminatou Haidar (Western Sahara): for her steadfast nonviolent action, despite imprisonment and torture, in pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.

  • Presented by Gianfranco Fattorini, Permanent Representative to the UN, American Association of Jurists

Guo Jianmei (China): for her pioneering and persistent work in securing women’s rights in China. 

  • Presented by Karen Tse, Founder and CEO, International Bridges to Justice

Greta Thunberg (Sweden): for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.

  • In lieu of Greta Thunberg: Susanna Hecht, Professor and Associated Faculty of the Centre for International Environmental Studies, the Graduate Institute, Geneva and Josselin Stone,  Co-Founder and Co-President, Student Association « Lycéens Unis pour Demain »

Davi Kopenawa / Hutukara Yanomami Association (Brazil): for their courageous determination to protect the forests and biodiversity of the Amazon, and the lands and culture of its indigenous peoples. 

  • Presented by Stephen Corry,  Director, Survival International

Chair: Jacqueline Coté, Director of Public Relations, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

This celebratory event is organised in partnership with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and will include musical interludes.

With the support of the Republic and State of Geneva.