Initiatives of Change awarded the fourth Ousseimi Prize for Tolerance
Sunday, 6. July 2014
This is a picture of the Tolerance Prize awarded to IofC by the Ousseimi Foundation
This is a picture of the Tolerance Prize awarded to IofC by the Ousseimi Foundation
On 6 July, the former Caux Palace opened its doors to the public for the Official Day of the Caux Summer Conference Season 2014. The highlight of the day was the awarding of the fourth Ousseimi Foundation Prize for Tolerance to Initiatives of Change.

The day began with brief welcome speeches by Antoine Jaulmes, President of CAUX-Initiatives of Change and Omnia Marzouk, President of Initiatives of Change International. It was the opportunity to present the work that the organization undertakes, including trust building and reconciliation across divides, the promotion of integrity and compassion as the force behind effective leadership, and sustainable living through the promotion of land restoration and the resolution of the conflicts. Antoine Jaulmes reminded the audience that 'our only allegiance is to ethical and human values and to our inner voice, which speaks deep in our hearts and which, more often than not, prompts us to get out of ourselves and to address concerns resulting from the tragedies which affect humanity.'

Visitors could then choose from three activities: a guided tour of the grounds, an overview of Initiatives of Change’s global activities, and screening special preview of ‘Chad – a journey to hope’, with the participation of the filmmaker and of a Chadian mediator - this documentary detailing the efforts of an Imam and a Pastor in teaching others to overcome religious and other feuds.

The day culminated with the awarding of the Ousseimi Foundation Prize for Tolerance to Initiatives of Change. The ceremony began with an opening speech by Ambassador Anne Lugon-Moulin, Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, congratulating Caux and Initiatives of Change for their 'innovative methods.'

Mrs Maria Ousseimi then presented the award. She outlined the reasons for honouring Initiatives of Change with this award, whose previous recipients include Nelson Mandela, stating that Initiatives of Change has 'systematically contributed to greater tolerance in our complex and divided world.'

Ousseimi Foundation Prize for tolerance 2014 Prize brochure
Ousseimi Foundation Prize for tolerance 2014 Prize brochure
In his acceptance speech, Cornelio Sommaruga, honorary President of Initiatives of Change International, called for globalizing responsibilities for a tolerant world. He stated that in order to achieve this, we need personal change towards 'honesty, transparency, humility and freedom.' Dr Sommaruga added that tolerance is 'a courageous act'; it is the “strength to know how to listen to the other to try to understand them, so that a dialogue based on mutual respect can take place.'

The Ousseimi Foundation endorses the idea that 'success is meaningful only if its fruits are shared with others.' Both the umbrella organisation Initiatives of Change international and the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation are therefore happy to share this distinction with the numerous volunteers, the conference participants and organizers of the Caux conferences and with the Initiatives of Change international network - in recognition of their decisive contribution to the collective results of Initiatives of Change.

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