The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was presented to the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris and was adopted on the 10th of December 1948. Despite years of relentless commitment by individuals, private organisations and public institutions worldwide, the promotion of Human Rights is still as crucial as at the time of the Declaration.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in acknowledgment of the necessity of promoting Human Rights as well as highlighting positive developments in the Gulf region the regionally accredited European Union Delegation in Riyadh launched the Chaillot Prize in December 2008. The prize aims to reward activities, campaigns and actions which benefit progress in the field of Human Rights promotion and awareness in the Gulf countries of the GCC.
The European Union works in close contact with the Embassies of the Member States of the European Union in organising the prize and determining the winning action, activity or campaign. Applications are accepted from local civil society groups, individuals and private or public institutions. The prize is awarded in a public ceremony in the presence of ambassadors and representatives of the European Union.
The Delegation, through awarding of the Chaillot Prize, wishes to give recognition to the extra ordinary work that is done by institutions and individuals in the field of enhancement of human rights and aims to encourage such efforts in all the Gulf countries.