International Simón Bolívar Prize

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International Simón Bolívar Prize
Sponsored byGovernment of Venezuela
Presented byUNESCO
Reward(s)US$ 25,000
WebsiteOfficial website

The International Simón Bolívar Prize serves to recognise activities of outstanding merit that, in accordance with the ideals of Latin American independence hero Simón Bolívar, "contribute to the freedom, independence and dignity of peoples and to the strengthening of a new international economic, social and cultural order".[1]

The Prize is awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) every second year, on 24 July (the anniversary of Bolívar's birth). In addition to the intrinsic distinction bestowed on recipients, the award comes with a sum of money (currently USD $25,000), determined and donated by the government of Venezuela.

Prize winners are selected by the unanimous decision a jury of seven "eminent persons" – five representing the regions of the world, one chosen by the Venezuelan authorities, and a representative of the director-general – from a list of candidates submitted by UNESCO member states and associate members. Both individuals and institutions are eligible as candidates.


The following persons and organisations have been recognised by the International Simón Bolívar Prize since the scheme's inception in 1983:[2]

Year Recipient Country
1983 Juan Carlos I of Spain
Nelson Mandela
Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg South Africa
1985 Contadora Group  Colombia  Mexico  Panama  Venezuela
1988 Vicariate of Solidarity  Chile
1990 Václav Havel Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia
1992 Aung San Suu Kyi
Julius Nyerere
Flag of Burma (1948–1974).svg Burma
1996 Muhammad Yunus  Bangladesh
1998 Mário Soares
Milad Hanna
2000 Samuel Ruiz García
Julio Sanguinetti
2004 Nadia Al-Jurdi Nouaihed
Casa de las Américas


  1. ^ "International Simón Bolívar Prize". UNESCO. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  2. ^ "List of the winners of the International Simon Bolivar Prize". UNESCO. Retrieved 2 April 2013.