Every year since 1995, the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe recognizes initiatives that defend causes related human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Citing the importance of partnership and cooperation in Mediterranean North-South cooperation facing common global challenges the 2020 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe will be awarded to the Mediterranean Expert Network on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC), represented by Professors Wolfgang Cramer and Dr Joël Guiot, for the elaboration of the first ever scientific assessment on the impact of climate and environmental in the Mediterranean Basin. MedECC the network constitutes a concrete example of the vision of the Mediterranean Sea as a shared space of peace, development and human rights, which led to the creation, twenty-five years ago, of the Barcelona Process. The prize will also be awarded to the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP). The ceremony will be held on the 9 of December 2021 in Lisbon (Portugal).
The Prize will be presented by the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The President of the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, as well as the President of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre will also be part of the event.