Fondation Chirac

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The Fondation Chirac was launched by former French President Jacques Chirac, after having served two terms in office between 1995 and 2007. Since 2008, this foundation strives for peace through five advocacy programmes:

It supports field projects involving local people with innovative solutions. The Fondation Chirac has also awarded the Prize for Conflict Prevention every year since 2009.[1]

The foundation's stated priorities include combating falsified medicines, deforestation and desertification, and helping to preserve endangered languages and cultures.[2][3] The "Sorosoro programme" took its name from an Araki word for "breath, speech, language". The endangered Araki language, in Vanuatu, was spoken by then by only eight people, and the programme's stated objective was to "participate actively in the struggle for the preservation and revitalisation of these endangered languages".[4]


The Foundation was officially launched on June 9, 2008 at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris,[5] with the attendance of most of its Honour Committee's members, such as:

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Board of the Fondation Chirac[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

Honour Committee[edit]

  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of thé Federal Republic of Brazil (1995-2002), founder of the “Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development".
  • François Cheng, Member of the Académie française.
  • Joaquim Alberto Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique (1986 to 2005), President of the “Chissano Foundation”.
  • Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada (1993 to 2003).
  • Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal (1981 to 2000), Secretary General of the International Organization of French-speaking communities.
  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of the Republic of Iceland (1980 to 1996), UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador for languages.
  • Enrique V. Iglesias, President of the InterAmerican Development Bank (1988 to 2005), former Minister of Foreign Affaires of Uruguay.
  • Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore (1959 to 1990).
  • Federico Mayor, Director-General of UNESCO (1987 to 1999).
  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Prize 1992, President of Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation.
  • Louis Michel, Member of the Federal Parliament of Belgium (1978 to 2004), former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium and Vice Prime Minister (1999 to 2004).
  • Youssou N’Dour, artist, goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, the FAO, and Amnesty International.
  • Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Economist and Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • Andres Pastrana Arango, President of the Republic of Colombia (1998 to 2002).
  • Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio.
  • Ismaïl Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
  • Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2005 to 2007).
  • Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia (1999 to 2007).
  • Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Director of the Grameen Bank.


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