The judges received 83 applications for the prize from over 800 events held in total. The judges are highly appreciative of all the efforts of all those who held events and applied for the prize. They wish they could reward all who held an event, but are consoled by the fact that good deeds are their own reward so that everyone who held an event—whether they applied for the prize or not—is a true winner.
In judging, the judges took into consideration efforts made despite scantiness of resources, but also took into consideration the excellence of efforts, collaboration and impact of events. They further took into consideration whether events were consistent with the text of the U.N. Resolution establishing the Prize. Accordingly, judges did not reward movements towards religious syncretism but rather rewarded events which respected each religion as it is. Finally, in accordance with the terms of the Prize, judges rewarded events specifically celebrating the World Interfaith Harmony Week rather than good interfaith work in general.
Accordingly, the judges are delighted to announce:
The Gambia and international partners
An academic paper, as well as several events looking at interfaith relations in Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, and United States will ensure that this event has a lasting impact. The events included an interview with a political figure, seminars in a university and places of worship.
UniHarmony Partners Manila Philippines
Over 20 activities involving 23 organizations were run over the first week of February involving thousands of people. This was a major event with good coverage and excellent organization.
Interfaith Harmony Halifax and 12 partners
An interfaith group that has widened its impact year-on-year. Amongst other things this year saw: Proclamations of World Interfaith Harmony Week from the Province of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax , and Declarations of Interfaith Peace and Friendship.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place in April, 2016 in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
All Praise belongs to God Alone.
- HRH Princess Areej Ghazi
- HB Patriarch Theophilus III – Patriarch of the Holy City, Palestine and Jordan
- HE Sheikh Dr Ali Gomaa – former Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt
- HE Bishop Munib Yunan – Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and President of the World Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
- Sheikh Usama al-Sayyid Al-Azhari – Professor at Al-Azhar University
- Father Nabil Haddad – Founder and Executive Director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre
- Dr Minwer Al-Mheid – Director of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought