OBSERVARE decided to establish an award to pay tribute to individuals or organizations that have stood out due to intellectual creativity or relevant practice in their contribution to the understanding of international realities, solidarity among peoples and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
This initiative aims to extend university practice to the positive movements that permeate our world and complement scientific studies through the exercise of cosmopolitan citizenship.
The prize is a small sculpture inspired by the logo of OBSERVARE: a pyramid-shaped piece that evokes the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia, which were places of worship and for observing large areas. The author of this sculptural work for the 2014 and 2017 editions was the Architect João Pancada Correia, leader of the UAL, bearer of a long tradition of artistic interventions. In 2021, it is the silversmith Eduardo Leite who signs the work in black glass and aged silver.
On the occasion of the IV International Conference, the OBSERVARE awards were given to the Instituto da Defesa Nacional, which fulfils today, in a unique way, the important public service mission of supporting the formulation of a national strategic thought, ensuring the study, research and dissemination in the fields of Security and Defense, and to the Engineer António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, as he is an inspiring example in the complex panorama of the present international relations, thus embodying the highest point of multilateralism in the present international system.
In 2017, on the occasion of the 3rd Conference, OBSERVARE Prize were awarded to the Portuguese Council for Refugees, which for 25 years has supported asylum seekers in Portugal, and to Dr. Catarina Albuquerque, who has been internationally recognized for the recognition of access to water and basic sanitation as fundamental human rights.
At its plenary session on June, 5th 2014, researchers of International Relations decided to award the OBSERVARE Prize for the first time to the International Labour Organization and to Professor Mariano Aguirre at the 2nd Conference. The award ceremony takes place at the end of the dinner offered by UAL to all conference participants on July, 2nd 2014.