Angela Merkel is the new president of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity jury

The former German chancellor is the next president of the jury that decides on the 1 million euro prize awarded annually by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

This is the first position accepted by Merkel since leaving office in December 2021. Angela Merkel takes over from Jorge Sampaio, who has presided over the jury ever since its first edition.

The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity was launched by the Foundation with the purpose of distinguishing people, groups and organisations around the world that have stood out for their efforts in combatting the climate crisis. This reflects one of the core missions of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: supporting sustainable development, fostering wellbeing and the quality of life of vulnerable population groups in harmony with environmental protection and economic prosperity.

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