Dr. Morissanda Kouyate Honored by the United Nations by receiving the 2020 United Nations Nelson Mandela Prize

The United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize aims to recognize the achievements of those who dedicated their lives to the service of humanity as guided by the purposes and principles of the UN, while honouring and paying homage to Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation. It is awarded every five years and was first awarded in 2015.

Please refer to the Statute of the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize for nominee eligibility criteria, and for further important information on the selection and process.

The 2020 Prize is awarded to Mrs. Marianna Vardinoyannis of Greece and Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea, selected by the UN selection Committee which was advised by a group of eminent persons.

The laureates will be recognized at the annual commemoration by the General Assembly of Nelson Mandela International Day which, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, is being marked virtually on 20 July 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (New York time). The in-person award ceremony will take place at a later date at United Nations Headquarters in New York.