Sant'Egidio Community wins Calouste Gulbenkian Prize

(AGI) - Rome, July 22 - The Sant'Egidio Community, withheadquarters in Rome, has won the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize,presented in Lisbon to its director Paolo Ciani and presidentMarco Impazzaglia. "Dialogue requires many players, and amongthem the representatives of civil society can play an importantrole in establishing trust between the parties," said Ciani.This is an important acknowledgement presented by thePortuguese foundation to this organisation that for decades hasoperated all over the world, not only bringing humanitarianaid, but also facilitating dialogue between parties and thatover time has become an acknowledged and respected resource

(AGI) - Rome, July 22 - The Sant'Egidio Community, withheadquarters in Rome, has won the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize,presented in Lisbon to its director Paolo Ciani and presidentMarco Impazzaglia. "Dialogue requires many players, and amongthem the representatives of civil society can play an importantrole in establishing trust between the parties," said Ciani.This is an important acknowledgement presented by thePortuguese foundation to this organisation that for decades hasoperated all over the world, not only bringing humanitarianaid, but also facilitating dialogue between parties and thatover time has become an acknowledged and respected resource ininternational mediation. Reiterating the importance of dialoguefor peace, Ciani explained to AGI how the spirit guiding thecommunity's initiatives does not arise from "disdain forpolitics or politicians, but the persuasion that dialoguerequires many players." "States are moved by a variety ofinterests that differ from those of people in the field", headded, emphasising that this often results in a degree of"mistrust in institutions." Hence, "associations representingcivil society, such as ours, can play an important role,because in conflict resolution one has to establish trust."(AGI). .