Hosted at the Founder’s Memorial, in Abu Dhabi, the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity celebrates individuals or entities who are building bridges, connecting divided people, and strengthening human relationships to bring about peace, coexistence, and inclusivity for all.
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The 2021 Zayed Award for Human Fraternity will hold its annual award ceremony as a virtual event, anchored in the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi. The location is significant as the memorial commemorates the UAE’s founder and humanitarian inspiration for the award, the late Sheikh Zayed.
In order for the ceremony to reach a worldwide audience, the 2021 ceremony will be streamed on www.zayedaward.org from 17:30 GST/13:30 GMT/08:30 EST on 4th February, where viewers will see the 2021 honorees presented with the award by
The Zayed Award recognizes the institutions and community of people who are spreading the work of human fraternity and coexistence around the world. It was inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity which was signed by His Eminence the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb and His Holiness Pope Francis on February 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The Document on Human Fraternity, alongside the inspiration of the humanitarian actions and values of the UAE’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed, is the foundational doctrine that informs the criteria for nominees of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity (ZAHF).
The 2021 award was open to nominees from anywhere in the world. In its first year of nominations, the award received many candidates from countries in almost every continent. Nominations were assessed by an independent Jury Panel.
The Jury Panel membership, which changes each award cycle, always includes one representative from the UN, The Vatican, and the Office of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, as well as two representatives nominated by the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity (HCHF). The non-voting Chairperson of the committee is the Secretary-General of HCHF, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam.
Former UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide
Former Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia
Former President of the Central African Republic
27th Governor-General & Commander-in-Chief of Canada
Prefect of the Spiritual Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Secretary-General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
In December 2020, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 4th February as the International Day of Human Fraternity.
The resolution recognizes the importance of ongoing efforts to promote cooperation, peaceful coexistence, greater social harmony, and intercultural dialogue, around the world.
The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity is a non-governmental, international body, based in Abu Dhabi, and the architect of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.
HCHF’s mission is to act on the aspirations outlined in the Document on Human Fraternity by meeting with religious leaders, heads of international organizations, and others across the world, to support and spread the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. In addition, the committee provides counsel on a variety of initiatives, including the Abrahamic Family House, which is being built in Abu Dhabi.
The secretary-general of the World Council of Churches joins the membership in his capacity, not in person. The World Council of Churches(WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110countries.
Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, women’s rights advocate, humanitarian, guest lecturer and an advisor for numerous organizations. Gbowee is the founding Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York, USA.
Yasser Hareb is an Emirati author, columnist, and television presenter celebrated for his best-selling books and is considered as one of the strongest voices among the young Gulf Arab youth. Hareb is a member of the Higher Council of Muslims, Higher National Council for the Year of Tolerance in the UAE and co-founder of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies.
Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, attained his PHD at the Coptic Catholic seminary in Cairo and ordained priest for the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, Egypt. Monsignor Gaid is the Founder of the St. Peter’s Software & Publishing House of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt and Editor-in-Chief of the Alexandria Coptic Catholic website. Currently, he is the Second Personal Secretary of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Professor Mahrasawi is the acting President of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, renowned as “Sunni Islam’s most prestigious university”. Mahrasawi became a professor in the linguistic department and later appointed the Dean of the faculty for men in 2013. He has contributed in promoting the mission of Al-Azhar by participating in several international conferences.
Dr. Sultan Faisal Al Remeithi, the new Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders has a background as a professor, novelist, and academic interpreter holding various managerial
positions. He is now the General Manager of the Publishing Department at Abu Dhabi Media and previously worked as an Executive Director at the Executive Council in the Government of Ajman.
Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam is the former advisor to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Serving as a judge in the State Council in Egypt, Abdel Salam built his career promoting initiatives that build understanding and dialogue across society. He has also aided in drafting laws combating hatred and violence in the name of religion.
His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak is a member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi presiding over the development and growth of the tourism and cultural sectors in Abu Dhabi. Al Mubarak is also the Chairman for twofour54, Louvre Abu Dhabi and of Aldar Academies.
His Eminence Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot was born in Seville, Spain in 1952. He is a member of the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, (M.C.C.J.). He was ordained a priest in 1980 and until 2002 was missioned in service to the Church in Egypt and Sudan.
Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig is a Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation-Washington, D.C.'s largest and oldest synagogue. He has served this community for over 30 years leading a 2,800+ family congregation and has held leadership roles in both local and national Jewish communities.
Irina Bokova was the Director-General of UNESCO from 2009–2017, Bokova was engaged in efforts to advance education, gender equality, the protection of the world’s cultural heritage and security issue to strengthen the foundations for lasting peace. Bokova spearheads global awareness and campaigns to counter youth radicalization and prevent violent extremism.
Cardinal Dominique Mamberti is Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature. After entering the Pontifical French Seminary, in Rome, he was ordained a priest on 20 September 1981 for the Diocese of Ajaccio, Corsica.
He served in the papal representations in Algeria (1986-1990), Chile (1990-1993), at the United Nations in New York (1993-1996), in Lebanon (1996-1999), and at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State (1999-2002).
On 8th November 2014, Pope Francis appointed him prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature. One year later, he was appointed President of the Commission for Lawyers.
HE Catherine Samba-Panza is a Central African lawyer and politician who served as President of the Central African Republic, from 2014 to 2016, and was the first woman to hold the post of head of state in that country. Prior to becoming head of state, she was Mayor of Bangui, from 2013 to 2014.
Samba-Panza’s dual mandate as President included ending the ongoing violence and preparing the country for national elections, in 2015. Samba-Panza’s agenda to stabilize her country served as a focal point for the international community’s efforts to address the security crisis, restore the state’s authority and consolidate peace.
His Excellency Muhammad Jusuf Kalla has served as both the 10th and 12th Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia.
During his first tenure (2004-2009) Vice-President Kalla became the Chairman of the Golkar Party. Besides being a politician, he has played an active leadership role in various organizations, serving as the Chairman of Centrist Asia Pacific Democrat International (2010-2012) as well as the Coordinator of the South East Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent (2010-2011).
Kalla now concurrently serves as the Chairman of the Indonesian Mosques Council and Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross. He is also the Chairman of various organisations, including the Hasanuddin University’s Alumni Association, the Islamic Centre Foundation of Al Markez.
Among his many achievements, Mr. Kalla has received international recognition and praise for his notable role as peacemaker in Indonesia.
Adama Dieng is a former UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
He is also a former board member of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and a former registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
His legal career started in Senegal where he held several positions before becoming registrar of Supreme Court of Senegal and, from 1976 to 1982, personal assistant to its President.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Dieng as the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2001.
He has worked as a consultant for many international organisations, including UNITAR, the Organisation of African Unity, the Ford Foundation, UNESCO, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
He is a council member of the Observatoire Panafricain de la Démocratie, a member of the executive committee of Africa Leadership Forum and a board member of the International Institute of Human Rights.
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean was the 27th Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, from September 2005–2010.
In 2010, the United Nations named Michaëlle as UNESCO Special Envoy to support reconstruction efforts in her country of birth, Haiti, which was devastated that same year as a result of a powerful earthquake.
From 2011 to 2014, Michaëlle also served as Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, where her offices as UNESCO Special Envoy were based.
From 2015-2019, Michaëlle was the 3rd Secretary-General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, at the 15th Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Dakar.
Jean also takes part in documentary films produced by her husband. In 2010, they founded and have both since chaired the ‘Michaëlle Jean Foundation’. Initiatives supported by the foundation include civic programs through art and culture for disenfranchised young Canadians.