The annual International Unescocat Prize was created in 2009 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia.
The award is an artistic piece of work designed by a student at the Escola Massana Centre of Art and Design. It is awarded to people and Catalan organisations who have contributed decisively to promoting the UNESCO values, principles and programmes disseminated by the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia.
The jury is made up of representatives from Catalan organisations in the fields of education, science, culture and communication: the Catalan Association of Public Universities, the Catalan School Council, the Institute of Catalan Studies, the National Council for Culture and Arts, the Network of Scientific Parks and Technologies of Catalonia, the Ramon Llull Institute, Òmnium Cultural, the Col·legi de Periodistes (professional association of Catalan journalists) and the Catalan Television.
The first prize winner was the couple formed by the musician Jordi Savall and soprano Montserrat Figueras, both already acknowledged as UNESCO Artists for Peace. They received the award during the ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the UNESCO Centre at the Catalan Parliament on December 10, 2009.
The second Unescocat International Award goes to the FC Barcelona Foundation in acknowledgement of its commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and its pioneering partnerships with international organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO and UNHCR, aimed at fighting poverty and diseases that affect the most vulnerable, promoting universal education and gender equality, combating racism and defending sports through the values of civic-mindedness, freedom and democracy that this institution has always endorsed. The ceremony took place on Monday, 31 January 2011 at the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia.
The jury of the third Unescocat International Prize has decided to award the writers' association Catalan PEN Centre for their contribution to the defense of the right to freedom of speech and language rights and their commitment to dialogue between cultures and international projection of Catalan identity. The ceremony took place on December 12, coinciding with the anniversary of the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia. Watch the album.