The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, will receive the José Aparecido de Oliveira Prize, awarded by the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) in Lisbon for his contribution to the promotion of the Portuguese language.
The Heads of State and Government of the CPLP made this decision in July 2018 at the Santa Maria Summit (Sal, Cape Verde), “for their singular performance, with international projection, in the defense and promotion of the principles and values of the CPLP, and as well as for the high contribution in the promotion and diffusion of the Portuguese language, “says the Portuguese-speaking organization in a statement. The former Portuguese prime minister and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. participated, as prime minister of Portugal, in the constitutive summit of the CPLP, 17 of July of 1996.
The award honours the action of the ambassador José Aparecido de Oliveira, who “indelibly marked the emergence of the CPLP, turning into reality a dream cherished by the peoples of the Portuguese-speaking countries, spread across four continents, and making its author a herald of the future, “the statement added.
The prize, created in 2011, would be awarded for the first time in the year following the former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
In 2014, the former Timorese President and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and the Timorese Catholic Church were honored, while in 2016 the distinguished ones were the former Portuguese head of state Jorge Sampaio, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Carlos Lopes and Ambassador Lauro Barbosa da Silva Moreira, Brazilian career diplomat and first permanent representative to the CPLP.