Zayed Award for Human Fraternity
This award was created to honour and reward those who have dedicated their lives to helping others and building bridges between divided people. An award designed to uplift our spirits and look for new possibilities within our communities.
The 2021 Zayed Award for Human Fraternity was held virtually to invite people from all walks of life and experience this passion for humanity.
Anchored at the magnificent view of the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi, this annual award ceremony paid tribute to the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE’s Founder and Humanitarian, and the prime inspiration of the Award. The Higher Committee on Human Fraternity also conveyed their deepest gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and patron of the Document for his inevitable encouragement and support of the Committee’s efforts.
The ceremony was streamed on www.zayedaward.org on February 4, 2021 from 17:30 GST. The evening commenced with Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean, 27th Governor-General, Commander-In-Chief of Canada and one of the Jury Panelists of the Zayed Award.
Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam, Secretary-General of the Higher Committee, Former Advisor to His Eminence The Grand Imam spoke about the importance of the day and how it came into being. In celebration of the first edition of the Zayed Award of Human Fraternity, the Guest of Honours made the following remarks:
“International Day of Human Fraternity is a celebration of a historic world event, born two years ago with a message of peace from the wise ones to all mankind calling for cooperation and an end to wars, promoting tolerance, and harmony rejecting intolerance, hatred and power politics.”
Grand Imam, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif
“Fraternity means respect. Fraternity means listening with an open heart. Fraternity means defending our own convictions because there is no true fraternity if one’s own convictions have to be negotiated.”
Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church
Nominees & Winners
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and Moroccan-French activist, Latifa Ibn Ziaten were announced as the honourees of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity 2021.
Latifa, a civil society activist works with numerous communities to prevent youth radicalisation and religious extremism. Her vision is to make mutual-respect and co-operation a norm. While, António has worked on a number of admirable initiatives including modernising UN peacekeeping practices, and various other efforts to counteract hate speech and violence.
Their work has been a true testament of everything the Document stands for. The live streaming enabled the viewers from all over the globe to join these honourees accept this prestigious award.