Professor Friedman is the seventeenth winner in a row of this exceptional recognition with which Ohrid, the UNESCO city, has already crowned Nobel laureates Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Herta Müller, world legends Daisaku Ikeda, Ravi Shankar, Peter Brook, Manoel De Oliveira, Romano Prodi, awakening the sources of spiritual memory from the first medieval school of humanism, founded by the students of St. Cyril and Methodius, the protectors of Europe.
The award ceremony will be held on August 9, 2023, on the "Summer St. Clement", because at the same time on that day, the Memorial-landmark on the Dolna porta square in Ohrid, whose artistic founders are the Bulgarian painter Svetlin Russev and the Macedonian sculptor Zharko Basheski, will be ceremonially unveiled.
With that memorial, on which all previous winners of the World Prize for Humanism will be recorded, the ancient Ohrid and its millennial history will be declared in European memory as the Center of World Humanism.
Mayor Kiril Pecakov will present the prize to the winner Friedman, and then after the speech by Ambassador Plevnes about the exceptional scientific and humanistic work of Friedman, the laureate will deliver his solemn acceptance speech.
At the ceremony, to which all previous winners will be invited, in the presence of a larger international assembly of guests, including representatives and mayors from Ohrid's sister cities from Europe and the cities under the auspices of UNESCO, Romano Prodi, former President, will give appropriate speeches of the European Commission and winner of this prize, Jean-Patrick Connerade, from Imperial College London, President of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, and German Nobel Laureate Herta Müller.
The ceremony is expected to be attended by the General Director of UNESCO, Audre Azoulay, as well as presidents of international cultural and educational foundations from Europe and the world.
The councilors of the Municipality of Ohrid proposed that the international act of declaring Ohrid as the Center of World Humanism should be marked with a "Path of Humanism" that will lead from the Dolna Porta to St. Sofia and on which the names of the recipients of the Prize for Humanism will be placed.