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Sydney Peace Prize

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The Sydney Peace Prize is awarded by the Sydney Peace Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation associated with the University of Sydney.The prize promotes peace with justice and the practice of nonviolence and encouraging public interest and discussion about issues of peace, social justice, human rights, and non-violent conflict resolution


The City of Sydney is a major supporter of the Sydney Peace Prize. This involves a significant financial contribution along with other in-kind support in order to foster peace with justice.

Over three months each year, the Sydney Peace Prize jury – comprising seven individuals who represent corporate, media, academic and community sector interests – assesses the merits of the nominees' efforts to promote peace with justice. It is awarded to an organisation or individual:

  • who has made significant contributions to global peace including improvements in personal security and steps towards eradicating poverty, and other forms of structural violence
  • whose role and responsibilities enable the recipient to use the prize to further the cause of peace with justice
  • whose work illustrates the philosophy and principles of non-violence
  • The jury has been prepared to make some controversial choices. Sydney Peace Foundation Founder, Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees, said "The initiators of the Sydney Peace Prize aimed to influence public interest in peace with justice, an ideal which is often perceived as controversial. The choice of a non-controversial candidate for a peace prize would be a safe option but unlikely to prompt debate or to increase understanding. Consensus usually encourages compliance, often anaesthetises and seldom informs."

    Prize winners

  • 1998 – Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank for the poor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
  • 1999 – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient
  • 2000 – Xanana Gusmão, the poet-artist and president of East Timor
  • 2001 – Sir William Deane, the former Governor-General of Australia
  • 2002 – Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • 2003 – Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian academic and human rights campaigner
  • 2004 – Arundhati Roy, Indian novelist and peace activist
  • 2005 – Olara Otunnu, United Nations Under Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict from Uganda
  • 2006 – Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International
  • 2007 – Hans Blix, chairman of the UN Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission
  • 2008 – Patrick Dodson, chairman of the Lingiari Foundation
  • 2009 – John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary maker
  • 2010 – Vandana Shiva, Indian social justice and environmental activist, eco-feminist and author
  • 2011 – Noam Chomsky, American linguist and activist
  • 2012 – Sekai Holland, Zimbabwean Senator
  • 2013 – Cynthia Maung, Burmese doctor
  • 2014 – Julian Burnside, Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate
  • 2015 – George Gittoes, Australian artist who chronicles conflicts around the world
  • 2016 - Naomi Klein, Canadian journalist, author and prominent activist for climate justice
  • Gold medal for Peace with Justice

    The foundation also occasionally awards a special gold medal for significant contributions to peace and justice. There have only been four recipients of this award in the foundation's fourteen-year history: South African statesman Nelson Mandela, 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, and Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.


    Sydney Peace Prize Wikipedia

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