Three international diplomats have been the first winners of the Algerian Emir Abdelkader Award for "the promotion of living together and peaceful coexistence in the Mediterranean and in the world."
Former Secretary General Representative of the of the United Nations and UN international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi was one of those honoured. Brahimi is best known for his role in conflict resolution particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Lebanon and most recently in Syria.
Former Director General of UNESCO and co-founder of the UN Alliance of Civilisations and President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, Federico Mayor, was also handed an award for his work.
While Raymond Chr√©tien, the former Canadian ambassador to the US, a member of the Canadian independent and non-partisan charity, and president of the International Observatory of Mayors Living Together, was the third recipient.
The award, initiated by the international NGO AISA, the Mediterranean Foundation for Sustainable Development, Djanatu Al-Arif and the MED 21 programme, aims to promoting coexistence.