Monday 26 November 2018, 18:00 - 19:45

Celebration of the 2018 ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ Laureates

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

Join us in celebrating the 2018 Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, and their inspiring solutions to some of the most urgent challenges of our time.

  • Thelma Aldana (Guatemala) and Iván Velasquez (Colombia): Anti-corruption champions awarded for "their innovative work in exposing abuse of power and prosecuting corruption [in Guatemala], thus rebuilding people’s trust in public institutions.”
  • Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair (Saudi Arabia): Civil and human rights defenders who share the Award for "their visionary and courageous efforts, guided by universal human rights principles, to reform the totalitarian political system in Saudi Arabia”. The three Laureates are all currently in jail.
  • Yacouba Sawadogo (Burkina Faso): A renowned farmer awarded for "turning barren land into forest and demonstrating how farmers can regenerate their soil with innovative use of indigenous and local knowledge".
  • Tony Rinaudo (Australia): A prominent agronomist awarded for "demonstrating on a large scale how drylands [in Niger] can be greened at minimal cost, improving the livelihoods of millions of people”.

Chair: Jacqueline Coté, Director of Public Relations, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Except for the detained Saudi Laureates, who will be represented by activists and/or family members, all Laureates will be present at the ceremony.

This celebratory event is organised in partnership with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and will include musical interludes.