Adamowicz Award 2022
The 2022 Adamowicz Award was launched on 9 June at the General Assembly of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network) in Gdansk. You may watch the recording of the ICORN General Assembly
On 5 December the Jury of the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award met to select the Laureate of the second edition of the Award.
The Jury was very impressed with nominations presented by the Evaluation Committee and decided to distinguish all shortlisted candidates and promote them on Human Rights Day on 10 December 2022.
Therefore the European Committee of the Regions decided to present each shortlisted nominee through a series called Stories of Solidarity, running every Monday until the proclamation of the laureate on the 14 January 2023 in Gdańsk.
The shortlisted nominees are (in the alphabetical order):
Mayor of Hola Prystan in the south of Ukraine, representing all Ukrainian mayors who have been kidnapped or tortured since the start of the Russian invasion. He has been held captive for six months for trying to protect his local community
Mayor of Mariupol, for his support for displaced persons after the first Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and his ongoing work in supporting the residents of Mariupol who have left the city following the most recent Russian invasion
(represented by the Association of Ukrainian cities) The nomination is for all courageous mayors of Ukraine who during the brutal and unjustified military aggression by Russia have promoted freedom, democratic values, solidarity and fight against intolerance and hate-speech.
- The municipality of Michałowo, Podlaskie Voïvodeship, Poland,
for providing assistance to refugees at the border with Belarus and for creating a Help Point, providing clothing, warm meals and overnight accommodation for those in need
European humanitarian organisation, nominated for helping to protect lives of migrants in the Mediterranean, the world's most dangerous migration route;
Find out more about them in our Stories of Solidarity, published every Monday until the proclamation of the laureate on 14 January.
Adamowicz Award 2021 Laureate
photo © Jens Koch
Henriette Reker, the Lord Mayor of Cologne
The Award Partners, the
European Committee of the Regions, the
International Cities of Refuge Network
City of Gdańsk, are delighted to announce that the first Laureate of the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award is
Henriette Reker, the
Lord Mayor of Cologne in Germany.
The Award Jury conferred the honour on Ms Reker in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and work in her city in promoting tolerance, inclusiveness, and the integration and non-discrimination of citizens with migrant backgrounds, whilst fighting hate-speech and xenophobia. Amongst the many personal and professional challenges she has faced in carrying out this work, she survived a near-fatal xenophobia-motivated knife attack in October 2015.
Ms Reker was officially presented with her Award during the
Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions on the 27th of January 2022 at 12 noon (CET). Watch here the
video message from Ms Henriette Reker.
The Award Partners would like to congratulate all of the other individuals and organisations that were nominated for the 2021 edition of the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award, and also thank those who took the time and effort to nominate them.
Read the joint press release.
Mayor Paweł Adamowicz focused his activities on fostering solidarity, the integration of migrants and minorities, dialogue with civil society, and the promotion of fundamental rights on the ground. He was first elected as Mayor of Gdańsk in 1998, and served the city in that position until his assassination on 13 January 2019.
The establishment of this Award is an homage to and recognition of everyone who works with courage and integrity against intolerance, radicalisation, hate-speech, oppression and xenophobia. Those who promote equal opportunities, social integration and fundamental rights. Those who are inspired by and carry on the legacy of Paweł Adamowicz.
It honours those around the world who build bridges and tear down walls, with a clear sense of responsibility for future generations – people who pave the way for societal changes in favour of the weakest, not shying away from any urgent battle for human rights and civil liberties, locally, nationally or internationally.
The Award presents Mayor Paweł Adamowicz's legacy to a wider audience, with the aim of inspiring local and regional politicians throughout Europe and beyond to build upon the work he started.
More about the life and work of Paweł Adamowicz.