about recipients nominations news and media contact us العربية

about

THE award

The Zayed Award of Human Fraternity recognises outstanding work to bring people together in order to advance humanity.

The award is for individuals or entities anywhere in the world who lead by example on the ground, creating breakthroughs by collaborating selflessly and tirelessly across divides to drive real, conviction-led progress, often at great personal sacrifice.

The award is named in honour of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the late ruler of Abu Dhabi and founder of the United Arab Emirates, whose values of humility, humanitarianism and respect epitomise the enduring ideals the award seeks to celebrate.

The Zayed Award of Human Fraternity is awarded by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity and includes a financial prize of one million dollars.

The award was established in February, 2019, to mark the historic meeting in Abu Dhabi between the head of the Catholic Church His Holiness Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al Azhar His Eminence Dr Ahmad Al Tayeb to co-sign the Document on Human Fraternity.

The Document on Human Fraternity contains a powerful call for all people to put aside difference in pursuit of progress through understanding, reconciliation and peace.

In 2019, Pope Francis and Grand Imam al Tayeb were the first honorary recipients of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.

Document on
Human Fraternity

Click here to download the Document on Human Fraternity

  • On February 4, 2019, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayyeb and Pope Francis signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.
  • Signed during the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the declaration calls for people from around the world to rediscover and recommit to living out values that support a more peaceful future for all. In doing so, it includes reflections on the challenges of contemporary society and the role of religions in furthering world peace.
  • The formation of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, the construction of the Abrahamic Family Houseand the Establishment of Zayed Award for Human Fraternity are just the first examples of what the declaration has inspired. Ultimately, the aspirations outlined in the document are for all people of goodwill from all faiths, belief systems, and cultures with the hope that many others will be inspired to undertake acts of peace around the world.

ABOUT Higher Committee
of Human Fraternity

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was formed in August, 2019.

It is an independent, non-governmental committee dedicated to achieving the aspirations of the Document on Human Fraternity by bringing people across the world together through dialogue and collaboration.

The committee comprises a diverse group of international religious leaders, scholars and cultural leaders.

More information about the Higher Committee can be found here: forhumanfraternity.org

The members of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity are:

  • Prof Mohamed Mahrasawi,
    President of Al Azhar University
  • Cardinal Miguel Ayuso Guixot,
    President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue of the Holy See
  • Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam,
    Secretary General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
  • Irina Bokova,
    Former Director General of UNESCO
  • Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig,
    Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation
  • HE Mohamed Khalifa al Mubarak,
    Chairman of the Department of Culture, Abu Dhabi
  • Father Prof Dr Ioan Sauca,
    Secretary General of the World Council of Churches
  • Yasser Hareb,
    Writer and Television Presenter
  • Leymah Gbowee,
    Peace Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Dr Sultan al Remeithi,
    Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders
  • Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid,
    Personal Secretary of the Holy Father

Sheikh Zayed’s

legacy

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan remains a spiritual leader of the United Arab Emirates.

Ruler of Abu Dhabi between 1966 and 2004, and founder of the UAE itself in 1971, Sheikh Zayed’s life was dedicated to working closely with people from all backgrounds to find lasting solutions to the challenges of his time.

His legacy remains one of compassion, tolerance and innovation, values that to this day shape the culture of the people of the UAE.

Under Sheikh Zayed’s leadership, Abu Dhabi was transformed from a pearl trading outpost to the modern global centre of business and tourism we recognise today.

His style of leadership was collaborative and unafraid to embrace contrasting points of view for the good of all. His regular majlis – informal forum – was an opportunity for all opinions and voices to be aired, in order to further debate and to shape policy.

Sheikh Zayed recognised the imperative for unity and cooperation in order to achieve progress. He also believed real investment in people cannot occur without true understanding, acquired by listening, of their priorities and ambitions.

His achievements remain a source of great pride to the people of Abu Dhabi, who remember the manner in which he unified the UAE to facilitate cooperation and laid the foundations for the infrastructure, healthcare and education systems of today.

Ultimately, Sheikh Zayed was a champion of all humanity – young, old, rich, poor, male and female. He walked among his people and provided aid to those in need, while inviting all cultures and nationalities to make a home in the emirate and work toward its advancement.

It is hard to encapsulate in words the enormity of Sheikh Zayed’s legacy to the region and to the world.

Perhaps the most fitting embodiment of the mark he left
is Abu Dhabi itself – a thriving beacon of peaceful coexistence, inclusion and hospitality, built upon the very ideals of human fraternity.

JUDGING

PROCESS

The recipient or recipients of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity are decided by an independent judging committee of experts, each possessing deep understanding and experience of humanitarian causes and challenges throughout the world.

The judging committee is appointed annually by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.

Each year, the jury will contain:

  • A representative of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar
  • A representative of His Holiness the Pope
  • A representative of the United Nations
  • Two people chosen by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity

The judging committee for the 2021 award includes:

  • HE Catherine Samba-Panza,
    former President of the Central African Republic
  • HE Muhammad Jusuf Kalla,
    former Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean,
    27th Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
  • Cardinal Dominique Mamberti,
    Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
  • Adama Dieng,
    former UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam,
    Secretary General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity

FAQ

Q. What is the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity?

– The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity recognises profound contributions to the facilitation of peaceful coexistence and human progress.

The award is for individuals anywhere in the world who lead by example, creating breakthroughs by collaborating selflessly and tirelessly across divides to drive real, conviction-led progress.

Each year, the recipient or recipients will be presented with a total US$1 million.

Q. Who is Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan?

– The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was ruler of Abu Dhabi between 1966 and 2004, and founder of the UAE in 1971. His life was dedicated to working closely with people from all backgrounds to find lasting solutions to the challenges of his time. His legacy remains one of compassion, respect and innovation, values that to this day shape the culture of the people of the UAE.

Q.When was Zayed Award for Human Fraternity created?

– The award was established in 2019 when Grand Imam of Al-Azhar His Eminence Ahmad al-Tayyeb and Head of the Catholic Church His Holiness Pope Francis came together in Abu Dhabi to sign the Document on Human Fraternity, a visionary joint declaration built upon friendship and mutual respect. The document calls for increased human fraternity and world peace.

Q. Is this first time the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity has been awarded?

– The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity was first awarded in 2019 to Grand Imam of Al-Azhar His Eminence Dr Ahmad al Tayeb and the Head of the Catholic Church His Holiness Pope Francis following their historic signing of the Document on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi. The 2021 award is the first time the award has been opened to nominations.

Q. What are the categories for the award?

– There are no separate categories. It is a single award that will go to the nominee (individual or entity) that best meets the criteria as evaluated by the award committee.

Q. What will the winner or winners of the award receive?

– There is a prize of $1m to be awarded to a single recipient, or shared among multiple recipients in addition to an honorary certificate and the Award Trophy.

Q. Who can make a nomination?

– Only qualified nominators can nominate candidates for the award.

Nominators must be:

  • A member of government; current or former head of state
  • A member of parliament
  • The president of a Supreme Court
  • A member of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
  • A UN senior executive
  • The head of an international NGO
  • A university president
  • A Zayed Award for Human Fraternity laureate
  • An intellectual, spiritual or cultural leader.

Nominations can be submitted without invitation.

Nominators will be required to upload official documentation confirming eligibility to nominate.

Q. What are the criteria for evaluating nominations?

– Each nomination application submitted will be evaluated by the judging committee based upon the following judging criteria:

  • Contributions to the promotion of global fraternity, solidarity of the human family, justice and world peace.
  • Impact on the local community; being and creating role models
  • Innovation to find new ways to foster fraternity and collaboration
  • Recognition from notable figures and/or international organizations and institutions and/or community members
Q. Who decides the winner or winners of the award?

– The independent judging committee for deciding the award is appointed by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.

Each year, the jury will contain:

  • A representative of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar
  • A representative of His Holiness the Pope
  • A representative of the United Nations
  • Two people chosen by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.
Q. Who sits on the jury panel for the 2021 award?
  • HE Catherine Samba-Panza, former President of the Central African Republic
  • HE Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, former Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean, 27th Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
  • Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
  • Adama Dieng, former UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam, Secretary General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
Q. Who can be nominated for the award?

– Any individual or entity that has made a profound contribution to the facilitation of human fraternity can be nominated for the award.

Q. When will the winner of the award be announced?

– The winner will be announced on February 4, 2021.