A press conference was given a few days ago in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters by Joaquim Chissano, President of the Jury of the Félix Houphouët Boigny Prize for Peace. He was accompanied by Firmin-Edouard Matoko, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Africa, and the 2017 winners of the UN distinction, named after the first president-founder of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
At this meeting, the Honorary Félix Houphouët Boigny Peace Prize for the year 2016 was awarded to the former US President Barack Obama, ” in recognition of his high contribution to strengthening understanding and Peace of the world, “explained the representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
But contrary to expectations, former US President Barack Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, refused the Félix Houphouët Boigny Award simply because ” he feels that this is no time for him To accept such a prize, “said Joaquim Chissano.
The Jury President has indicated that after this refusal, the Félix Houphouët Boigny prize was awarded to the NGO SOS Mediterranean and the former first magistrate of the city of Lampedusa in Italy, because ” what they In the Mediterranean by providing relief to migrants and refugees. “.
The NGO SOS Méditerranée and the former magistrate Giuseppina Nicolini did not hide their joy at being chosen to receive the Prix Félix Houphouët-Boigny. For the former mayor of the city of Lampedusa, this award encourages him in his commitment to further militating for the respect of Human Rights throughout the world.
For the representative of SOS Méditerranée who took the opportunity to send a cry of heart to the organizations, as to the Mediterranean axis Libya-Sicily. According to her, it is the road to ” the most murderous exile of all.” Three quarters of the dead on the roads of exile, take place on the axis Lybia-Sicily