The Members of the Committee
acting in their capacity as an independent decisionmaking body, chose the European Parliament,
whose activities represented a decisive contribution toward peace, democracy and the
preservation of human rights, as the recipient of the Collage United Nations Award
in the spirit of the memorandum by

Member of the German Parliament

" A wingbeat of a butterfly in China gives rise to a hurricane that rages through the Caribbean weeks later." This metaphor stands for "chaos theory", also known as the "theory of complex systems." It is indicative of radical upheavals in the scientific view of the world. A similar statement applies to the political developments of our time.

Beginning in Europe with the struggle for freedom in Poland in the early 1980s, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, and continuing with the reforms in the Soviet Union, processes ran their course, ensuring that nothing will remain as it was - not in the East, as is obvious, but also not in the West. German reunification was a fortunate outcome of theses processes. It is expressed in the eponymous Collage.

"The global approach to the large and complex problems facing a world of increasingly interdependent nations, " in the words of the Club of Rome, is the inspiration for the Collage UN, an authentic historical document of the diverse political, religious and cultural aspects of the planet Earth. Its goal is to improve understanding among peoples and cultures while pointing toward the need for a global consciousness.

Bonn, November 4, 1992

The first-ever Collage United Nations prize was awarded in 1999 to Lech Walesa, the founder of the independet "Solidarnosc" union, who went on to become Poland's first post-Communist president.

The next recipient, in 2000, was Gyula Horn, the former foreign minister and prime minister of the Republic of Hungary, whose symbolic "cutting of the Iron Curtain" on June 27, 1989 marked the opening of Europe's borders.

In September 2001, the prize was awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese opposition politician was unable to attend the award ceremony due to her contnuing house arrest in Rangoon. The exiled Burmese prime minister, Dr. Sein Win, accepted the honor on her behalf.

Recipient of the 2002 award: amnesty international.

The EU is founded on the principles of the rule of law, democracy and respect for human rights. Safeguarding peace and strengthening international security in line with the principles of the United Nations Charter and the principles of the Helsinki Final Act and the aims of the Charter of Paris. This led in 1985 to the establishment by the European Parliament of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The award will be accepted in October 2003 in Landshut by Dr. Ingo Friedrich, the vice president of the European Parliament, on behalf of Mr. Pat Cox, the parliamentary president.

Recipient of the 2005 award: Leyla Zana.

Recipient of the 2006 award: Prof. Dr. Roman Herzog.

In the context of the 30 articles of Resolution 217 A (III) of the United Nations General Assembly of 10 December 1948 a thought-provoking selection of 30 exhibits from international museums was made to form a collection universally symbolizing the articles.

_______________ PATRONAT _______________


Presidente de la Republica

San José
Costa Rica

29 January 2007

Dear Mr. Hillinger,

Your efforts to highlight the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have recently come to my attention. I am very happy to hear that you plan to puplish a leaflet with illustrations of the thirty articles of the Declaration, celebrating each one of the fundamental rights laid out in that monumentally important document.

The Republic of Costa Rica strongly supports efforts to highlight the importance of the Delaration. We applaud all initiatives that recognize, promote and motivate the values it embodies. Costa Rica upholds the Declaration as a moral Magna Carta, an expression of the highest ideals of the international community and an absolute framework in respect to the dignity of all human beings.

The document constitutes one of the most important declarations into the history of the United Nations, and, indeed the world. We hope efforts such as yours will help the citizens of this world rededicate ourselves to chose fundamental rights, so that we hold them in our minds and hearts not just on prominent anniversary years not just on December 10 th of every year, but every single day.

Yours sincerely,

Oscar Arias


"Dove of Peace" to arrive in Mogilev from Tula

19.02.2009 13:29

MOGILEV, February 19 (BelTA) Mogilev will become the next town on the "Dove of Peace" route. It will arrive in the oblast centre from Tula (the Russian Federation) on March 4, BelTA learnt from the ideology department of the Mogilev town council.

A live-size golden dove carrying an olive branch was sculptured by German artist Richard Hillinger in late 2008 for the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights adopted that the third session of the UN General Assembly. The artist made thirty statuettes standing for one of the 30 articles of the Human Rights Declaration. In 2009, all of these thirty doves, which each as a symbol of peace, are "flying" through the whole of the world from person to person, from institute to institute.

The "Dove of Peace" will not land in Mogilev by chance. In November 2008, Tula and Mogilev marked the 10th anniversary since they signed an agreement on establishing twin-town relations and a cooperation agreement. The two regions have been cooperating in numerous areas including business and humanitarian issues, science and technology, culture, sports. Tula received the statuette from its German friends to mark the 15th anniversary of establishing twin-town relations with Villingen-Schwenningen.

The statuette will be accompanied with a letter of Rupert Kubon, member of Mayors for Peace association and a route diary for memorable photographs and wishes.

After four days in Mogilev, the "Dove of Peace" will head for one of the twin-towns of the oblast centre.

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization awarded International Peace Dove

The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is the first venue in the Arab world to have been rewarded an international Peace Dove. The lifesize, gold-coloured sculpture is one of thirty identical doves, created by the German artist Richard Hillinger in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 30 points of principle which form the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ever since the inauguration of the project, the doves have been sent around the world as symbols of peace and global friendship, each one awarded to an internationally renown and respected public figure or institution for a month before being passed on to the next worthy recipient.

So far recipients have included the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, the former Polish president Lech Walesa, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Bangladeshi pioneer of Microcredit and Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus. The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization was chosen for its outstanding work in intercultural and inter-religious education.

Frances Mooere Lappe

While in Berlin, Frances visited a school teaching the concepts of living democracy and was presented with "The Dove of Peace:" A live-size golden dove carrying an olive branch, sculpted by German artist Richard Hillinger for the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and adopted at the third session of the UN General Assembly. The artist made thirty statuettes to represent the thirty articles of the Human Rights Declaration. In 2009, all of these doves, each as a symbol of peace, are "flying" through the whole of the world from person to person, from institute to institute.

Golden Dove of Peace presented by the Anna Lindh Foundation
Thu, 25/06/2009 - 10:47 Press Office
The Anna Lindh Foundation has presented to the Deutsche Schule der Borromaeerinnen the "Golden Dove of Peace", an international symbol of peace created for the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

The life-size, gold-coloured sculpture is one of thirty identical doves which represent individually one of the 30 articles of the Human Rights and are now passing across the world from person to person and from institute to institute.

The international symbol was originally presented to the headquarters of the Anna Lindh Foundation in November 2007 by Professor Jens Goebel, Minister of Culture of Thuringia, and has now been officially handed on by Andreu Claret, Director of the Foundation, on the 20th of June to Dr Hubert Müller, Director of the Deutsche Schule der Borromäerinnen, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the school.

The ceremony took place at the big hall at the Congress Center of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in the presence of German Interior Minister Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, German Ambassador to Egypt Bernd Erbel and the Governor of Alexandria, General Adel Labib.

The Deutsche Schule der Borromäerinnen received the dove as recognition of their successful work for dialogue around the Mediterranean which they have been carrying out over numerous years.

The Deutsche Schule der Borromäerinnen was founded in 1884 and is one of the best established German schools abroad. The pupils there take cultural diversity as granted. On the basis of their own identity and culture, they develop the competence to tolerance and respect towards the other.

The Anna Lindh Foundation is currently running the region-wide campaign "Restore Trust, Rebuild Bridges" which aims to facilitate and support civil society organizations in making action in favour of a culture for peace at the local and regional level.

Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
The "Collage UNITED NATIONS" is a vivid expression of the increasing interdependence between the nations of the world and reflects a global approach to the complex problems facing us all on the threshold of the third millennium.
I consider that it may also be interpreted as an appeal for improved understanding between nations and cultures in the service of the global ethic implicit in UNESCO`s Culture of Peace Programme.
Federico Mayor
The Director-General
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization