|UNESCO awards the 2022 Peace award to Angela Merkel|
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday (23/8) awarded the 2022 UNESCO Peace Prize to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in recognition of her services in accepting the refugees. "UNESCO bestowed the award on Merkel for her bold decision in 2015 to accept more than 1.2 million refugees, mainly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea," tweeted Félix Houphouët-Boigny, a member of the jury for the UNESCO peace award.
Merkel will relinquish her chancellorship in 2021 after 16 years in charge of Germany. In 2015, due to wars in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, waves of refugees fleeing their respective countries gathered at European borders. In that pivotal moment, Merkel opened up Germany's borders and told her people "we can do it," as the country accepted hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and her remarks went on to become famous.
According to UNESCO, the annual award was created in 1989 to honor individuals, institutions or private or public institutions that have contributed a lot to the promotion, research, maintenance or maintenance of peace, in accordance with the United Nations Charter or the UNESCO Constitution. According to the UNESCO website, the recipients of the award include Nelson Mandela, Frederik W De Klerk, and former US President Jimmy Carter.