“I am incredibly honored and extremely grateful to be rewarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. This means a lot to me and I hope it will help me do more good in the world. The prize money which is €1,000,000…will be donated to my foundation to different organizations and projects who are working to help people on the front lines affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis especially int he global South.”
Established in 2020, the first €1-million Prize for Humanity will be awarded in July 2020 and is aimed at distinguishing people or institutions fighting climate change. The Gulbenkian Prize is a series of prizes awarded annually by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The Gulbenkian Foundation is a Portuguese institution dedicated to the promotion of the arts, philanthropy, science, and education. One of the wealthiest charitable foundations in the world, the Gulbenkian Foundation was founded on 18 July 1956 according to the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, a Portugal-based Armenian oil magnate who bequeathed his assets to the country in the form of a foundation.
The oil magnate had one of the largest private art collections in Europe, which is housed in the foundation’s Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. The foundation hosts numerous institutions and initiatives including the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Gulbenkian Science Institute, Gulbenkian Prizes and the Gulbenkian Commission.