Parliament receives the ICIP Peace in Progress Award

On 24 October, the International Catalan Institute for Peace awarded a extraordinary ICIP Peace in Progress Award to the Parliament of Catalonia for 'representing and symbolizing, as a prime example of the sovereignty emanating from the people of Catalonia, the continuity and legacy of the institutions, customs and practices of our ancestors, in which consensus, dialogue and peaceful resolution of disputes are deeply rooted.

The award, a sculpture created by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel called Porta del Sol, was presented to the president of Parliament, Núria de Gispert, by the President of ICIP, Rafael Grasa. The presentation took place in the Catalan parliament during the ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of Pau Casals' speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

The ICIP Peace in Progress Award was created by the Board of Governors of the ICIP to recognize the work done by individuals or groups towards peace. As well as the special prize awarded to the Parliament, the ordinary round of the first ICIP Peace in Progress Award also began this autumn. The award will be given in early 2012.