Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

UNESCO invites individuals, civil society actors, and governmental and non-governmental entities active in strengthening foundations for peace and tolerance to propose candidates for the 2022 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a technical agency of the United Nations (UN) sought at fostering world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences, and culture. It has 193 member states and 11 associate members, as well as partners in the non-governmental, intergovernmental and private sectors. Headquartered at the World Heritage Centre in Paris, France, UNESCO has 53 regional field offices and 199 national commissions that enable its global mandate.

UNESCO and its order for international cooperation can be traced back to a League of Nations resolution on 21 September 1921, to elect a Commission to study the feasibility of having nations voluntarily share cultural, educational, and scientific achievements. This new body, the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC) was created in 1922 and counted such figures as Henri Bergson, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Robert A. Millikan, and Gonzague de Reynold among its members (being thus a small commission of the League of Nations essentially centered on Western Europe).

The International Institute for Intellectual Cooperation (IIIC) was then created in Paris in September 1924, to act as the executing agency for the ICIC. Nevertheless, the onset of World War II largely interrupted the work of these precursor organizations. As for private enterprises, the International Bureau of Education (IBE) began to work as a non-governmental organization in the service of international educational growth in December 1925 and joined UNESCO in 2021, after having established a joint commission in 1952.

UNESCO has been the center of discussion in the past, particularly in its relationships with the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the former Soviet Union. During the 1970s and 1980s, UNESCO’s support for a “New World Information and Communication Order” and its MacBride report calling for democratization of the media and more egalitarian access to information were condemned in these countries as attempts to curb freedom of the press.

UNESCO was perceived as a platform for communists and Third World dictators to attack the West, in contrast to charges made by the USSR in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1984, the United States withheld its contributions and removed from the organization in protest, followed by the United Kingdom in 1985. Singapore withdrew also at the end of 1985, citing rising membership fees. Following a change of government in 1997, the UK rejoined. The United States rejoined in 2003, as observed by Singapore on 8 October 2007.


Granted every two years, on the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), the Prize is characterized by a ceremony, and the winner is offered the sum of US$ 100,000.

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Eligibility for the Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

Its ideal is to grant women, men, institutions, other entities, or non-governmental organizations that have made extraordinary service and demonstrated leadership in the advancement of tolerance and non-violence.

Tolerance acknowledges the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.

How to Apply for the Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

To select candidates, kindly send the nomination form in English or French, no later than 15 June 2022, by ordinary mail or e-mail to the contact below.

Extra materials (publications, video, audio, and other teaching materials, etc.) may be attached to the nomination form.

Download the Nomination Form

Application Deadline for the Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

The application deadline for this scholarship is June 15, 2022.


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