Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Awarded to individuals and non-governmental organizations for their efforts to promote peaceful coexistence and cooperation among societies, religions and cultures.
Winners of the 1st edition of the Award:
Tadeusz Mazowiecki – the first Prime Minister of the Third Republic of Poland (1989-1991). Politician, journalist and social activist. Founder and editor of the “Więź” magazine and the weekly “Solidarność.” During August 1980, he was the chairman of the Commission of Experts working with the Inter-Factory Strike Committee at the Gdansk Shipyard. Interned in the period of 1981-1982. Advisor to Lech Wałęsa and the National Executive Committee of the Independent Self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity”. One of the chief negotiators at the Round Table talks of 1989. Co-founder and leader of the Democratic Union Party and the Freedom Union. Member of Parliament (1991-2000) and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for European Integration. In 1992-1995 the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights to the former Yugoslavia. One of the main authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland (1997). Awarded with the Order of the White Eagle and numerous Polish and international prizes. Since 2010 National and International Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland.
“One World” Associationfrom Poznan is a part of an international organization the Service Civil International. Advocating international solidarity, social justice and sustainable development, it implements numerous local and international voluntary and educational projects with the utmost aim of building the culture of peace. Using various working methods and drawing on the treasure of multiculturalism, it aims its activities at many groups of addressees: youth and elderly, children and parents, teachers and private sector representatives. The Association’s volunteers are engaged in projects dedicated to antidiscrimination and human rights, and in the global development initiatives.