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Sunhak Peace Prize

Sunhak Peace Prize

The Sunhak Peace Prize (Korean: 선학평화상; Hanja: 鮮鶴平和賞) was established to continue the legacy of Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, and is given biennially in Seoul, Korea, in recognition of individuals and organizations that have made enduring contributions to help resolve worldwide suffering, conflict, poverty, and threats to the environment. Laureates are selected by the Sunhak Peace Prize Selection Committee, chaired by the former President of the European Commission and the first chair of the GAVI Board, José Manuel Barroso. The Prize is organized by the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation, chaired by Thomas G. Walsh. Some sources report that the Prize is also awarded by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), founded by South Korean Unification Church leader Hak Ja Han. Eligible laureates must be living at the time of the nomination in order to receive the award. Purpose The Sunhak Peace Prize is awarded to those recognized and acknowledged as contributors to peace and human development. It was founded at the behest of Hak Ja Han Moon, the widow of Sun Myung Moon, to honor his ideals and achievements, as an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize. Its concept of peace is based on the vision of ensuring a peaceful world, by advocating for sustainable human development, conflict resolution, and ecological conservation. Vision and mission The Prize's "Tenets of Peace" lays out three main objectives it advocates for: Respect for Human Development: Largely covering wider education and welfare, poverty relief, and disease eradication to respect human rights and human dignity. Conflict Resolution: An aspect that engages in the resolution of conflicts between people of various and opposing religions and their denominations, ethnicities, and nationalities. Ecological Conservation: Special emphasis can be found on the preservation of the natural environment's resources aimed at balancing the natural and human worlds sustainably.

SlName CountryFlagYearAwarded For
1Anote Tong Kiribati2015Improved global awareness of the severity of climate change and sought action by the international community for its solution.
2Modadugu Vijay Gupta India2015Pioneered the blue revolution and made innovative contributions to aquaculture development as an alternative solution to the looming food crisis.
3Gino Strada Italy2017Providing emergency medical relief in the Middle East and Africa and advocating for refugees’ right to be cured
Contributing to spreading a culture of peace through anti-war movement
4Sakena Yacoobi Afghanistan2017Presenting a fundamental solution to refugee resettlement through education and contributing to the improvement of human rights and status of Muslim women
5Waris Dirie Somalia2019A human rights activist who publicized the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the world
Advocating human rights of girls and women and calling for a worldwide resolution to eradicate FGM
6Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina Nigeria2019Spearheading Good Governance of Africa through Agricultural Innovation and Eradication of Poverty.
7Macky Sall Senegal2020Promoting a model of good governance in Africa
Reducing the presidential term
Developing Senegal as a model democratic country through reformations such as the Plan Senegal Emergent
8Munib Younan Israel2020Pioneering religious harmony
Promoting harmony among Islam, Christianity and Judaism in the Middle East leading the reconciliation between the Catholic and Protestant Churches
9Dame Sarah Catherine Gilbert United Kingdom2022Protecting lives in underdeveloped countries with vulnerable medical conditions by providing affordable Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines for easy storage and transportation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
10Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance  Switzerland(HQ)2022Improving the overall health of humanity by increasing access to vaccines for children in vulnerable countries
Leading the "Covax Facility," an international joint vaccine purchase and distribution project after the outbreak of COVID-19
1Ban Ki-moon South Korea2020Raising the alarm on the seriousness of climate change, and led the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015
Presenting a joint masterplan for humanity by adopting Sustainable Development Goals
2H.E. Samdech Hun Sen Cambodia2022Promoting international cooperation for peace by leading international peace forums and peace initiatives
Demonstrating outstanding leadership for the sustainable development in Southeast Asia

Sunhak Peace Prize (2015 ~ 2025)

Anote Tong

Sunhak Peace Prize 2015

Modadugu Vijay Gupta

Sunhak Peace Prize 2015

Gino Strada

Sunhak Peace Prize 2017

Sakena Yacoobi

Sunhak Peace Prize 2017

Waris Dirie

Sunhak Peace Prize 2019

Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina

Sunhak Peace Prize 2019

Macky Sall

Sunhak Peace Prize 2020

Munib Younan

Sunhak Peace Prize 2020

Dame Sarah Catherine Gilbert

Sunhak Peace Prize 2022

Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

Sunhak Peace Prize 2022

Ban Ki-moon

Sunhak Founder Prize 2020

H.E. Samdech Hun Sen

Sunhak Founder Prize 2020