The Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood International Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, to honor and support courageous people and organizations that have found practical solutions to the root causes of global problems.

The 2019 Award goes to Aminatou Haidar (Western Sahara), Guo Jianmei (China), Greta Thunberg (Sweden) and Davi Kopenawa / Hutukara Yanomami Association (Brazil).

Award to be presented in Stockholm, Sweden, 4 December and this year is its 40th edition. The Laureates were announced in Stockholm on 25 September 2019.

Over the last four decades, 174 people from 70 different countries have been awarded the prize. there are now 178 Laureates from 70 countries.

What all the nominees have in common is their commitment to fight for justice, self-determination and a better future.

German-Swedish writer Jakob von Uexküll thought there weren’t enough Nobel Prize categories to truly address the challenges faced by humanity.

So in 1980, he founded the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the “alternative Nobel Prize.”

“With the 40th Right Livelihood Awards we honor four people whose leadership inspires millions of people to defend their rights and fight for a livable future on planet Earth,” said Ole von Uexküll, Jakob von Uexküll’s nephew and the current executive director of the Right Livelihood Foundation.

Annually in early December an international jury, invited by the five regular Right Livelihood Award board members, decides the awards in such fields as environmental protection, human rights, sustainable development, health, education, and peace. The prize money is shared among the winners, usually numbering four, and is EUR 200,000.

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