North-South Prize of the Council of Europe: the winners awarded in Lisbon
The North-South Prize is awarded every year since 1995, to two personalities: a northern candidate, and a candidate of the South (preferably a man and a woman).
Candidates must distinguish themselves in one of the following fields of action: human rights protection, defence of pluralist democracy, promotion of public awareness to the issues of interdependence and global solidarity and the strengthening of the North-South partnership.
The founder of the NGO METAdrasi (Action for Migration and Development), Lora Pappa, received in Lisbon on North-South Prize of the Council of Europe, given annually to personalities who have distinguished themselves for their efforts to favour of the defence of democracy and human rights.
The ceremony took place on June 30 at 11:00 am at the Portuguese Parliament (Senate Room), the presence of the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the President Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, President of the Portuguese delegation to PACE, Ana Catherine Mendes, and
the Chairman of the North-South Centre executive Committee, Jean-Marie Heydt.
“Lora Pappa is actively involved in several actions to address the needs of vulnerable groups, such as unaccompanied minors. It has based its work on the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, developing specialized training methods in the field of refugee protection and migration