2017 Awards

Special Recognition Awards

Under the Leadership of the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Global Hope Coalition, during the foundation’s 2017 Gala Dinner, presented Special Recognition honors to several world leaders:

Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Tolerance and Intercultural Rapprochement


His Majesty Mohammed VI
King of Morocco

For his Visionary Leadership in Promoting Intercultural Harmony within Morocco and on a Global Level

The award was accepted on His Majesty’s behalf by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid.

Leadership in Courage


His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
President of the Republic of Mali

For his Visionary Leadership and Coalition Building in the Campaign Against Violent Extremism in the Sahel Region


Leadership in Preservation of Cultural Heritage


His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Fuad Masum
President of the Republic of Iraq

For his Outstanding Leadership in Promoting and Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Iraq, the Common Heritage of Humanity

The award was accepted on President Masum’s behalf by Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari.

Leading by Example


Mrs. Laura Welch Bush
Former First Lady of the United States of America

For her Inspiring Leadership in Supporting the Rights of Women in Afghanistan Against Violent Extremism and Intolerance

A Hero for Humanity Award

The Global Hope Coalition’s 2017 A Hero for Humanity award was given posthumously to:

Samuel Pisar

Bialystok 1929 – New York 2015

A survivor of Auschwitz who became an advisor to President Kennedy on international trade, an architect of “peace through commerce” theory, and an indefatigable peacemaker and bridgebuilder.

The award was accepted by Judith Pisar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy, in the name of her late husband.

Special Recognition for Outstanding Efforts to Promote Cultural Heritage


The Global Hope Coalition’s award was presented to:

Yong Xin Hua Yun Cultural Industry Company

The award was accepted by company president, Ms. Zhang Kunlan.