The Gold Mercury Awards for
Visionary Leadership in Global
Governance are primarily designed
to recognise excellence and honour
the remarkable individuals who
have made significant contributions
in finding solutions to the most
pressing issues of our time.
In doing this, and in bringing together visionary leaders from around the world, the Awards foster cooperation and understanding of shared problems and triumphs at a global level. Over the years, the Awards have been able to count humanity’s best and brightest amongst the ranks of its Laureates. The future Awards intend to remain true to this legacy.
Awards Statutes & Regulations
Since its inception in 1961, Gold Mercury International has focused on advancing global governance and promoting visionary leadership.
In today’s globalising world we are faced with an increasing number of issues and problems that defy state boundaries and go beyond the capacity of any single individual or state to resolve. These issues need to be addressed through processes of sustainable Global Governance and Visionary Leadership. We believe the work of Gold Mercury International has never been so vital.
These Awards are primarily designed to recognise and honour the remarkable individuals who share our values and who have made significant contributions in finding solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.
In doing this, and in bringing together visionary leaders from around the world the Awards foster cooperation and understanding of shared problems and triumphs at an influential and global level.
Over the years, the Awards have been able to count humanity’s best and brightest amongst the ranks of its Laureates. The future Awards intend to remain true to this legacy.
1.1 The Gold Mercury Awards categories and their respective criteria have been developed by the Awards Organising Committee. These categories are endorsed by the Awards Selection Committee to ensure that they adequately reflect the distinguished legacy of the Awards, follow the core ideals of Gold Mercury and fit with its objectives of developing sustainable global governance, ethical leadership and promoting peace, understanding and cooperation throughout the world. The 8 Gold Mercury Award categories are:
• Global Peace and Security
• Global Economic and Social Policy
• Global Resources
• Global Environment
• Global Science and Technology
• Global Health
• International Law and Humanitarian Affairs
• Global Culture
A complete description of the categories and their relevant criteria can be found in the Award Categories section of this website.
JANUARY TO APRIL- Award candidate nominations are received
APRIL- Review of candidate nominations by the Organising Committee and shortlist of candidates for the different categories
MAY- Laureate selection by the Awards Selection Committee based on category criteria
SEPTEMBER- Award Laureates’ Formal announcement to the media
SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER- Award Presentation Ceremonies
3.1 Award candidates may include any individual or organisation that has achieved excellence in one or more of the Award areas. This may include (but is not necessarily limited to) international organisations, businesses, non-profit organisations, individuals, administrative or government bodies and unions.
3.2 The Awards will be open to recognising specific achievements throughout the preceding years as well as recognising continuous, aggregate or culminating achievements dating from and continuing into the Awards year.
3.3 No current or previous employee of Gold Mercury International or any member of the Awards Organising Committee or Selection Committee is eligible for nomination.
3.4 Self-nomination is not permitted.
4.1 Nominations can be put forward by the following bodies and persons:
- Members of the Award Nomination Committee,
- Previous Award Laureates
- Gold Mercury’s Organising Committee members
The names of nominees and other information about the nominations will be remain confidential at all times.
5.1 Committees involved
The following Committees are involved in granting the Award:
a) The Awards Organising Committee, which is in charge of the management of the Award.
b) The Awards Nomination Committee, which is in charge of nominating candidates every year, in the various Gold Mercury Award categories.
c) The Awards Selection Committee, which judges the nominations and chooses the Laureates of the Award in each category.
5.2 The Awards Organising Committee:
The Award is managed by the Awards Organising Committee, which is chaired by the Secretary General of Gold Mercury International and supported by Gold Mercury International’s team of research fellows.
The Awards Organising Committee’s Duties:
1. Creating and approving Award category criteria and Award statutes and regulations, approving any changes to the statutes, regulations or criteria.
2. Providing an official announcement of the Award.
3. Promoting the Award.
4. Researching, collecting and evaluating nominations.
5. Preparing the Nominations Report for the Awards Selection Committee based on the criteria of each Award category, assessing the impact of each nomination to an area. The number of final nominations passed on to the Awards Selection Committee in each area will be at the discretion of the Awards Organising Committee.
6. Announces the winners of the Award, as chosen by the Awards Selection Committee.
5.3 The Awards Nomination Committee:
The Awards Nomination Committee consists of international experts from the eight different Award categories who have formally agreed to nominate candidates. The Awards Organising Committee issues invitations for nominations to the members of the Nomination Committee for the period running from January to April. Nominators submit their nominations during the nomination period for the proposed candidates with supporting evidence of the nominees achievements.
5.4 The Awards Selection Committee:
The Awards Selection Committee shall examine the Nominations Report created by the Awards Organising Committee for the Award. The Awards Selection Committee is composed of the following:
1. The Chairman of the Awards Organising Committee.
2. Gold Mercury’s International Advisory Board members.
5.5 Award Laureates Final Selection:
The Award in each category will be granted to the nominated candidates that best fulfil the criteria in each category as voted by a simple majority of the Awards Selection Committee by individual ballot. If there is a tie, the Chairman of the Awards Organising Committee will have the casting vote. The Awards Selection Committee’s decision is final and there is no appeal.
6.1 The Gold Mercury Award will consist of the historic Gold Mercury statue and the Gold Mercury Diploma.
6.2 The Laureates attend the Award Ceremony Events and Gala Dinners to receive the Awards.
6.3 Laureates are encouraged to take part in the various events organised around the presentation and speech ceremony if requested by the Awards Organising Committee. These include press and other promotion related to the event.