UNESCO seeks nominations for the International UNESCO/José Martí Prize 2023

UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to submit nominations for the International UNESCO/José Martí Prize, which will be awarded for the ninth time in 2023.

This call for nominations is published within the framework of the 75th anniversary of Cuba's accession as a member state to UNESCO (29 August).
José Martí's photograph in black and white

Extension of the deadline: nominations should be submitted by 25 November 2022.


The purpose of the International UNESCO/José Martí Prize is to promote and reward an activity of outstanding merit in accordance with the ideals and spirit of José Martí. The prizewinner shall receive a monetary award.

José Martí was a great apostle and a man of action, recognized as the intellectual author of the liberation of Cuba. A political thinker and eminent writer, he was also the chief precursor of the literary movement called "modernismo".

The International UNESCO/José Martí Prize was instituted in November 1994 by the Executive Board of UNESCO at the initiative of the Government of Cuba. In creating the Prize, the Members of the Executive Board recognized the universality and supreme value of the ideals of José Martí.

Candidates shall have made a significant contribution, in any region of the world, to the unity and the integration of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and to the preservation of their identities, cultural traditions and historical values. The Prize may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations.

How to submit your nomination

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted, no later than 25 November 2022, by filling out the nomination form in either English or French.

Since UNESCO is committed to promoting gender equality and participation of youth, you are strongly encouraged to submit nomination files for women and young candidates.


Download the Nomination Form:


Send it, duly signed and stamped, to:

Anna Maria Majlöf
Secretary of the International UNESCO/José Martí Prize
Section for Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue
Social and Human Sciences Sector - UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 45 68 17 77

Portrait of Martí painted in 1891 by the Swedish painter Hernann Norman. Oil on canvas.