Mark Palmer Prize
“I hope this prize will help make a dictator-free world a central objective of the democracies’ diplomacy” H.E. Ambassador Mark Palmer.
Ambassadors and diplomats have the opportunity to act outside of their regular duties and engage in dialogue with civil society to effectively assist with calls for democracy support. Given that each country’s situation is unique, reactions will differ to raise awareness of the challenges they are facing.
Ambassador Mark Palmer
was one of those unique, creative and brave diplomats who passionately believed in public service. The international community remembers him as being the first to leave the embassy and jump into the crowd of people protesting for human rights. He strongly supported the democratic Hungarian activists prior to the fall of Communism and played a key role in conceiving the Community of Democracies as well as the National Endowment for Democracy.
He also inspired the Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support – a publication filled with diplomatic experiences with respect to policy-making in capitals which also documents the prominent role of civil society as an essential building block for successful democratic transitions.
The adherence of 106 democratic countries to the Warsaw Declaration created a new standard for diplomacy and the Palmer Prize seeks to honour the diplomats who display valour under difficult circumstances, take risks or are inventive in their sustained efforts to assist civil society in advancing democracy.
The Mark Palmer Prize will be awarded on the Ministerial Day, July 24, 2015.