Sozopol Foundation, as a non-governmental organization in official partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, became the first Bulgarian organization to receive an official invitation to submit its nomination for the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.
The prestigious prize was established pursuant to 25 C/Resolution 23 adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 25th session in 1989. It is awarded to men, women or institutions that have acquired an international reputation with their major contribution in promoting peace, democracy and human rights. Some of the prize-winners were Mr. Nelson Mandela, President of the African National Congress (1991), Mr. Shimon Peres, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel (1992), Mr. Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority (1992), H.M. Juan Carlos I, King of Spain (1994), Mr. Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States of America (1994), Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic (2013) and other prominent organizations and individuals with a significant contribution to world peace.
The prize, which comprises a cash award of 150 000 U.S. dollars, a gold medal and a peace diploma, is awarded annually to one or more winners determined by an international jury.