Sydney Peace Prize

Sydney Peace Prize

The Sydney Peace Prize is awarded by the Sydney Peace Foundation, a non profit organisation associated with the University of Sydney. The prize promotes peace with justice and the practice of nonviolence. It aims to encourage public interest and discussion about issues of peace, social justice, human rights, and non-violent conflict resolution.

SlName CountryFlagYearAwarded For
1Muhammad YunusBangladesh1998For his innovative work enabling the world’s poor to become independent through access to microfinance, and for his inspiring advocacy of view that poverty is the denial of all human rights and that peace is freedom from poverty.
2Desmond TutuSouth Africa1999For his work as Chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, his leadership of the anti-apartheid movement against racial oppression, and his tireless campaigning of reconciliation through tolerance and forgiveness.
3Xanana GusmãoEast Timor2000For his courageous and principled leadership for the independence of the East Timorese people, and statesmanship for the causes of human rights and peace with justice during the rebuilding of East Timor.
4Sir William DeaneAustalia2001Sir William Deane was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for his consistent support of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians and his strong commitment to the cause of reconciliation.
5Mary RobinsonIreland2002For her leadership and advocacy to uphold respect for human rights and for her consistent support and courage in standing up for the world’s vulnerable and disadvantaged against the interests of powerful individuals and governments.
6Hanan AshrawiPalestine2003For her commitment to human rights, to the peace process in the Middle East and for her courage in speaking against oppression, against corruption and for justice.
7Arundhati RoyIndia2004For her courage in campaigns for human rights and for her advocacy of non violence, as expressed in her demands for justice for the poor, for the victims of communal violence, for the millions displaced by the Narmada dam projects and by her opposition to nuclear weapons.
8Olara OtunnuUganda2005For a lifetime commitment to human rights, his ceaseless efforts to protect children in time of war and his promotion of measures for the healing and social reintegration of children in the aftermath of conflict.
9Irene KhanBangladesh2006For her leadership as a courageous advocate of universal respect for human rights, and her skills in identifying violence against women as a massive injustice and therefore a priority in campaigning for peace.
10Hans BlixSweden2007For his principled and courageous opposition to proponents of war in Iraq, for life long advocacy of humanitarian law and non violence and for leadership of disarmament programs to rid the world of weapons of terror.
11Patrick DodsonAustalia2008For his courageous advocacy of the human rights of Indigenous people, for distinguished leadership of the reconciliation movement and for a lifetime of commitment to peace with justice, through dialogue and many other expressions on non violence.
12John PilgerAustalia2009For work as an author, film-maker and journalist as well as for courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard. For commitment to peace with justice by exposing and holding governments to account for human rights abuses and for fearless challenges to censorship in any form.
13Vandana ShivaIndia2010For work as an author, film-maker and journalist as well as for courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard. For commitment to peace with justice by exposing and holding governments to account for human rights abuses and for fearless challenges to censorship in any form.
14Noam ChomskyUnited States2011Recognised for her courageous leadership of movements for social justice – the empowerment of women in developing countries, advocacy of the human rights of small farming communities and for her scientific analysis of environmental sustainability.
15Sekai HollandZimbabwe2012For inspiring the convictions of millions about a common humanity and for unfailing moral courage. For critical analysis of democracy and power, for challenging secrecy, censorship and violence and for creating hope through scholarship and activism to promote the attainment of universal human rights.
16Cynthia MaungBurma2013Dr Maung: for her dedication to multi-ethnic democracy, human rights and the dignity of the poor and dispossessed, and for establishing health services for victims of conflict.
17Julian BurnsideAustalia2014For his brave and principled advocacy for human rights and for those wronged by government, for insisting that we respect our international legal obligations toward those seeking asylum, and for his unflinching defence of the rule of law as a means to achieve a more peaceful and just society.
18George GittoesAustalia2015For exposing injustice for over 45 years as a humanist artist, activist and filmmaker, for his courage to witness and confront violence in the war zones of the world, for enlisting the arts to subdue aggression and for enlivening the creative spirit to promote tolerance, respect and peace with justice.
19Naomi KleinCanada2016For exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis, for inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality, and for reminding us of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.
20Black Lives Matters2017For building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism. And for harnessing the potential of new platforms and power of people to inspire a bold movement for change at a time when peace is threatened by growing inequality and injustice.
21Joseph E. StiglitzUnited States2018For leading a global conversation about the crisis caused by economic inequality, for exposing the violence inflicted by market fundamentalism, and for championing just solutions to the defining challenge of our time: How can we break the cycle of power and greed to enable all peoples and the planet to flourish ?
22Tarana Burke & Tracey SpicerUnited States2019For empowering survivors of sexual harassment and violence, and elevating their voices; for championing truth and justice; for highlighting the breadth and impact of sexual violence worldwide; and for launching a demand for change that is sweeping the world.
23The uluru Statement from the HeartAustalia2021-22For bringing together Australia’s First Nations Peoples around a clear and comprehensive agenda; for facilitating healing and peace within our Nation; and for delivering self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, enabling Australia to move into the future with unity and confidence.
24Nazanin BoniadiBritish2023For drawing attention to human rights violations, for lending a powerful voice to support Iranian women and girls and their #WomanLifeFreedom movement, and for using a high-profile platform to promote freedom and justice in Iran.

Sydney Peace Prize (1998 ~ 2010)

Muhammad Yunus

Sydney Peace Prize 1998

Desmond Tutu

Sydney Peace Prize 1999

Xanana Gusmão

Sydney Peace Prize 2000

Sir William Deane

Sydney Peace Prize 2001

Mary Robinson

Sydney Peace Prize 2002

Hanan Ashrawi

Sydney Peace Prize 2003

Arundhati Roy

Sydney Peace Prize 2004

Olara Otunnu

Sydney Peace Prize 2005

Irene Khan

Sydney Peace Prize 2006

Hans Blix

Sydney Peace Prize 2007

Patrick Dodson

Sydney Peace Prize 2008

John Pilger

Sydney Peace Prize 2009

Vandana Shiva

Sydney Peace Prize 2010

Sydney Peace Prize (2011 ~ 2020)

Noam Chomsky

Sydney Peace Prize 2011

Sekai Holland

Sydney Peace Prize 2012

Cynthia Maung

Sydney Peace Prize 2013

Julian Burnside

Sydney Peace Prize 2014

George Gittoes

Sydney Peace Prize 2015

Naomi Klein

Sydney Peace Prize 2016

Black Lives Matters

Sydney Peace Prize 2017

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Sydney Peace Prize 2018

The Me Too Movement

Sydney Peace Prize 2019

Sydney Peace Prize (2021 ~ 2030)

Nazanin Boniadi

Sydney Peace Prize 2023