The President awards the Catalonia International Prize to the South-African Archbishop Desmond Tutu
On 3 June the president of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, awarded the XXVI Catalonia International Prize to the South-African Archbishop Desmond Tutu who collected the prize personally during a ceremony held in the Generalitat Palace. The ceremony was also attended by the President of the Parliament, Núria de Gispert; the Cardinal-archbishop of Barcelona, Lluís Martínez-Sistach, who explained the reasons for the award; and the Deputy president of the Prize, Xavier Rubert de Ventós.
Tutu gave his thanks for the honour and stated that he accepted the award in the name of all those people with “social awareness, activists for the common good of mankind and our world”, among whom he mentioned “those dedicated to saving children so that they are not trapped in abusive marriages in Sub-Saharan Africa, those providing medical care to refugees in Syria, or the women that dry the eyes of the children that AIDS leaves orphans in my country”.
Last March the Jury for the Prize decided to award the XXVI Catalonia International Prize to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu “for his vigorous and constant fight for social justice and improvement of the conditions of the oppressed, with integrity, courage and an exceptional capacity”.
The Catalonia International Prize, created by the Government of Catalonia in 1989, is granted each year to people whose work has made a decisive contribution to the development of cultural, scientific or human values throughout the world. The call for the XXVI Prize took place between 2 July and 31 December 2013 with the presentation of 162 candidates from 51 countries, presented by 187 institutions of 43 countries and the members of the jury.