Macky Sall


Macky Sall

Macky Sall

Macky Sall

Born 1962.12.11
Country Senegal
Awarded for Promoting a model of good governance in Africa
Developing Senegal as a model democratic country through the reduction of the presidential term and reformation of the Plan Senegal Emergent
Senegalese President Macky Sall is the leader who displays a virtuous model of good governance in Africa. Since his election as Senegalese president in 2012, he has been leading the stabilization of democracy in West Africa, raising Senegal to be the one of the most stable countries on the African continent, achieving the rule of law and human rights, poverty eradication and economic development.

Academic background

  • • Institute of Earth Sciences Bachelor of Geological Engineering and Geophysics (Senegal)
  • • Graduated from Higher National School of Petroleum and Engines (ENSPM) (France)
  • • Graduated from the French Institute of Petroleum (France)

Honorary Degrees

  • • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Abomey Calvy (Benin)
  • • Doctor Honoris Causa, Swiss UMEF University (Switzerland)
  • • Doctor Honoris Causa, Puk yong National University (South Korea)
  • • Doctor Honoris Causa, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) (France)
  • • Honorary member of the French Overseas Scientific Academy (France)

Professional Background

  • 2012-Present 4th President of Senegal (re-elected in April, 2019 [58.2% election results]
  • 2015- 2016 Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government Authority
  • 2013 Chair of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (African Union)
  • 2009-2012 Mayor of Fatick
  • 2007-2008 Speaker of Parliament of Senegal
  • 1998-2008 Chairperson of the Initiative and Strategy Unit
  • 2004-2007 Prime Minister of Senegal
  • 2003-2004 Senior Minister of the Interior and Local Communities, Spokesperson of the Government
  • 2002-2003 Senior Minister of Mines, Energy and Water
  • 2001-2002 Minister of Mines, Energy and Water
  • 2002 Minister of Mining, Energy, Water, Equipment and Transports
  • 2000-2001 Managing Director of Senegal’s Petroleum Company, PETROSEN


  • • Grand Cross of the National Order of the Lion (Senegal)
  • • Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honor (France)
  • • 2016 | U.S.-Africa Business Center Outstanding Leaders’ Award (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  • • 2013 | Peter Benchley Ocean Awards for Excellence in National Stewardship of the Ocean (USA)
Implemented good governance with prudent reforms, including reducing the presidential term from seven years to five years
Macky Sall, who took office as Senegal's fourth president in April 2012, is leading good governance in Africa with drastic reforms, including reducing his term, which was set for seven years, to five years under the current constitution. Shortening the presidential term is a highly unconventional policy in Africa, where long-term rule is rampant. However, Senegal implemented a comprehensive referendum on presidential terms and state affairs on March 20, 2016, with the reform bill passing by a 63 percent supporting vote.

In order to modernize and stabilize democracy in Senegal, President Sall has enforced the Thirteen Reform Measures aimed at strengthening the rule of law and improving the governance structure of public affairs, and has led the fight against corruption by establishing the National Anti-Corruption and Civil Affairs Agency and the National Commission for the Acquisition of Illegal Assets and Restoration of Unrighteous Gains. His firm will and practice of good governance is leading West Africa to stabilize democracy.
Contributed to the economic revival of West Africa by expanding transportation infrastructure
With the aim of stabilizing people's livelihoods and reviving the economy as a top priority in national management, President Macky Sall pushed for the "Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE)" (first phase: 2014-18 and second phase: 2019-23) to stabilize Senegal’s economic growth rate at around 6 percent. In addition, other various policies being pursued by President Sall include raising retirement pensions, providing emergency subsidies to farmers, holding various education-related national conferences, as well as revolutionizing the medical insurance in the West African economy.

President Sall is also chairman of the National and Government Leaders Orientation Committee of the African Union’s Development Organization (NEPAD), which has greatly improved the transportation infrastructure in Africa by building roads, bridges, highways, production tracks, TERs (local express trains), as well as the Air Seagen SA airlines and Sénégambie bridges.
Promoted harmony on the African continent
Emphasizing "dialogue" as a means of resolving continental disputes, President Macky Sall is actively promoting international conferences such as the "Islam and Peace International Conference," the "UPF African Summit" and the "International Conference on the Emergence of Africa" to promote harmony among African leaders. More than 500 religious leaders and scholars attended the 2015 International Conference on "Islam and Peace" in Dakar to discuss the topic of peace building. In addition, 1,200 political figures and religious leaders from more than 60 countries, attended the 2018 African Summit in Dakar to discuss Africa’s peaceful future.

Awarding of Medal and Plaque to Macky Sall

  • Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon is presenting the medal to Amadou Ba on behalf of Senegalese President Macky Sall.

    ⓒ 2020. Sunhak Peace Prize

  • Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong is presenting a plaque to Amadou Ba on behalf of Senegalese President Macky Sall.

    ⓒ 2020. Sunhak Peace Prize

Video of the Awarding

Acceptance Speech

  • A video of Senegalese President Macky Sall's award speech is being shown at the 2020 Sunhak Peace Prize Awards.

    ⓒ 2020. Sunhak Peace Prize

Video of Acceptance Speech


Honorable Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of the Universal Peace Federation Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, distinguished guests.

The health situation which has put the international community in a state of emergency led me to cancel the trip to Seoul I was preparing myself for.

It is with the deepest regret that I was not able to join you personally as I had planned.
I would like to thank my Korean counterpart President Moon Jae In for all the preparations he made for my visit.
It is with deep reverence that I salute the memory of Rev. Sun Myung Moon whose centenary we celebrate this year.
He was a visionary leader and the inspiration behind the Universal Peace Federation.

I would like to offer my highest esteem to the honorable Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.
For several decades, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon has been the embodiment of incredible kindness.
Her life demonstrates a profound heart of superlative commitment to the cause of peace and the well-being of humanity.
Her unique ability and lifelong dedication to comfort those in need is leading to the realization of a harmonious global community filled with love.
Her dedication deserves our unending respect and admiration.
I would like to once again extend to her my respect and esteem.

I see the members of the Universal Peace Federation as my associates.

Ladies and gentlemen, in these times of turbulence and uncertainty, there is no task more urgent than fostering dialogue to allay tensions, promote mutual understanding and support the peaceful coexistence of people.
It is with this spirit that in January 2018, Senegal welcomed the inaugural Africa Summit of the Universal Peace Federation.
It is with this similar spirit that I humbly accept the Sunhak Peace Prize that you have awarded me.
It is with humility that I accept this prize because to me, this award is not an end in itself but an encouragement to persevere in the culture of peace and human kinship.
I accept this prize with humility because I recognize the essential blessing this prize brings to the people of Senegal.

Every member of the Senegalese people has always harbored a profound sense of togetherness in their diversity.
This prize is greater than my humble self. it is a prize that honors the people of Senegal and I would like to dedicate it to the people of Senegal.
As I accept this award, I think about all those whose peace is usurped by violence and the vicissitudes of life.
I think about the victims of war and terrorism, about refugees and displaced people, about those suffering from xenophobia and racial discrimination simply because of their origin or the color of their skin. Peace is fragile.

When society is characterized by indifference and the madness of self-centeredness, this society cannot take care of those most in need.
Peace is threatened when extremism of all types manipulates the conscience of people and turns faith into activism to feed ideologies of conflict.
Peace is threatened when some believe they are imbued with the mission of forcing unto others a unique ideology of action and existence.
This stands at odds with the diversity of cultures and civilizations.

It is for all these reasons that we must defend the ideal of a better world for all.
That is why, in agreement with the African Union Commission, I have decided to donate the entire amount of 500,000 USD of the Sunhak Peace Prize to the peace fund of the African Union. I hope for this to promote efforts to realize peace continentally.
This is why, as a laureate of the Sunhak Peace Prize, I will endeavor to stay faithful to the ideal that unites us.

I will endeavor to pursue together with you, our common efforts for the peaceful coexistence among people, cultures and civilizations.

I wish tremendous success at your gathering.
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