The 2016 Right Livelihood Award ceremony took place on 25 November 2016, at the Vasa Museum, a long-term partner of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and Scandinavia’s most-visited museum.
The evening award ceremony for some 300 invited guests was staged next to the grand 17th century ship Vasa. The Right Livelihood Award Laureates share the privilege reserved for Heads of State, Nobel Laureates and other dignitaries to step aboard this historic vessel.
With its speeches, music and the opportunity to mingle, the ceremony is both solemn and casual at the same time. It displays what the Right Livelihood Award Laureates have in common: a serious cause and an often incredible sense of humour and joy that they – despite all the hardships they have experienced – never seem to lose.
The award ceremony in Stockholm was followed by a political and public programme for Laureates in Berlin, Geneva and Zurich.
From 1985-2015, the Right Livelihood Awards were presented in the Swedish Parliament on the invitation of an all-party group of Swedish parliamentarians (SÄRLA – Association for the Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish Parliament).
Laureate Raed al Saleh from Syria Civil Defence with Right Livelihood Award Chair Monika Griefahn and Founder President Jakob von Uexkull
Laureate Tony de Brum and his wife with Right Livelihood Award Foundation Founder President Jakob von Uexkull
Right Livelihood Award Foundation Chair Monika Griefahn with Right Livelihood Award Founder President Jakob von Uexkull
Laureates and Lon Snowden with Co-Chairs Jakob von Uexkull and Monika Griefhan (photo: Wolfgang Schmidt)
Lon Snowden holding his son Edward's Right Livelihood Award Foundation diploma (photo: Wolfgang Schmidt)
Paul Walker, Denis Mukwege, Hans R. Herren and Raji Sourani with their Award Diploma's (photo: Wolfgang Schmidt)
Stina Berge (third from the left), Jakob von Uexkull (fourth from the right), Denis Mukwege (third from the right) and Denis Mukwege's family during the Ceremony (photo: Wolfgang Schmidt)
From left to right: Matron Ejigayehu, Annette Bennett, René Ngongo, Jakob v Uexkull, Alyn Ware, David Suzuki