The International Organization SOS Mediteranee receives the award for its humanitarian search and rescue operations that save lives in the Mediterranean Sea.
The humanitarian aid organization SOS Méditerranée receives the so-called “Alternative Nobel Prize”.
Since 1980, the Right Livelihood Award has been awarded to brave individuals and organizations shortly before the Nobel Prizes. The International Organization has received the award “for its humanitarian search and rescue operations that save lives in the Mediterranean Sea.”
SOS Méditerranée has offices in Geneva, Berlin, Marseille and Milan. Since its founding in 2015, the organization has saved up to 40,000 migrant lives on the Mediterranean route between North Africa and Southern Europe.
Jens Ole von Uexküll, Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, said: “The 2023 Right Livelihood Award recipients fight to save lives, preserve nature and safeguard the dignity and livelihoods of communities around the world. They are “Witnesses of unspeakable suffering and demand a livable future for all. With concrete and courageous work, the winners fight for people’s right to health. The right to security, a clean environment and democracy.”
The other three winners are women’s rights activist Eunice Brookman-Amissah from Ghana, environmental activist Phyllis Omido from Kenya and Cambodian environmental group Mother Nature Cambodia.
The “real” Nobel Prizes will be awarded in Oslo and Stockholm starting next Monday.