AWARD

Established in 2012, “Nizami Ganjavi International Award” presented to very distinguished personalities and institutions embodying the very values that Nizami Ganjavi promoted through his poetry (cross-cultural understanding, peaceful coexistence and respect among classes, peoples and nations; gender equality; and the ideal leadership to best benefit the community and nation). To celebrate the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjvai, for many gifts he has given us, for the inspiration he has bequeathed to the artists of the world, for the wisdom that is buried in his multi-layered works and for the profound humanity that calls to the better angels of our nature through the centuries and into the future.

 

Nizami Ganjavi, the greatest representative of the Eastern Renaissance, who was born in the 12th century in the town of Ganja, Azerbaijan and represented the quintessence of world literature and philosophy in his immortal work “Khamsa” (Five) via aesthetic power of his art. Humanity and loves is the motif at the very heart of Nizami Ganjavi’s poetry and the poet regarded it as his sacred mission to apply every ounce of creativity to the service of his people. His works have been translated into Western as well as into Eastern languages from time to time and played its role in humanity’s moral development. Nizami epitomized the global citizen of his day. Living in Ganja, where the crossing of major trade routes brought together travelers from many regions and faiths, his work celebrates diversity and tolerance. Cultures mingled freely in the teahouses where traders and caravans stopped to rest – Persian and Arabic, pre- and post-Islamic, Greek, Indian and even African. Growing up in such a culturally opulent and inclusive city, Nizami understood the value of understanding others in order to create a harmonious shared society. The themes of his work include cross-cultural understanding, peaceful coexistence and respect among classes, peoples and nations; gender equality; and the ideal leadership to best benefit the community and nation.

Mehriban Aliyeva

Mehriban Aliyeva

First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
2018 - For her role in fostering global projects for the development of science, education and culture.
Ashraf Ghani

Ashraf Ghani

President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan For his contribution to international security and peace.
2019
M.V.Vardinoyannis

M.V.Vardinoyannis

Goodwill Ambassador of UNESO For her humanitarian and cultural endeavors.
2018
Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister oof the United Kingdom 1979-1990
William Jefferson Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton

President of the United States of America 1993-2001
Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger

United States Secretary of State 1973-1977
Queen Silvia of Sweden

Queen Silvia of Sweden

Queen Consort of the Kingdom of Sweden
Rosen Plevneliev

Rosen Plevneliev

President of Bulgaria 2012-2017
Boutros Boutros Ghali

Boutros Boutros Ghali

Secretary General of the United Nations 1992-2006
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Suleyman Demirel

Suleyman Demirel

President of Turkey 1993-2000
King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein

King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan In recognition of His Majesty’s endeavors for peace, international security and stability.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Senior Rabbi of New York City’s Park East Synagogue For his role in fostering interreligious dialogues.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

In recognition of their work towards protecting and teaching human rights, inspiring young leaders and educating vulnerable children in various countries
John S. McCain III

John S. McCain III

United Nations Senator from Arizona 1987-2018 In recognition of his dedication to democracy, fairness, human rights, freedom and liberty; for his courage, compassion, integrity, civility and character-driven leadership.
Kailash Satyarhi

Kailash Satyarhi

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate In recognition his fight against exploitation of children
Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs

Special Advisor on SDG to the NGIC, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on SDG In recognition of his endeavors in advocating SDG globally.