Niwano Peace Prize

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Niwano Peace Prize is given to honor and encourage those who are devoting themselves to interreligious cooperation in the cause of peace,and to make their achievements known. The Foundation hopes that the prize will further promote interreligious cooperation for peace and lead to the emergence of ever more people devoting themselves to this cause.

The award is given annually and consists of a certificate, Gold Medal and an amount of 20 million Yen (roughly USD$210,000). The screening committee which decides the award is made up of religious leaders of international stature, and they select the recipient from among candidates nominated by religious leaders and other persons of intellectual stature around the world.

The Tokyo based Niwano Peace Foundation was initiated by the Japanese citizen Nikkyo Niwano, founder of the buddhist lay organisation Rissho Kosei Kai; he was one of the few non-Christian observers of the Second Vatican Council. His son Nichiko Niwano is his successor as chairman of the movement, which is dedicated to the interreligious dialogue.


2013: Gunnar Stålsett,[1] Norway
2012: Rosalina Tuyuc, Guatemala
2011: Sulak Sivaraksa
2010: Ela Bhatt, India
2009: Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Uganda
2008: Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Jordan
2007: Master Cheng Yen, founder of Tzu-Chi, the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-Chi Foundation, Taiwan
2006: Rabbis for Human Rights, Israël
2005: Dr. Hans Küng, Germany
2004: Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), Uganda
2003: Dr. Scilla Elworthy
2002: Samuel Ruiz García, Bishop Emeritus of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
2001: Elias Chacour, bishop of the Melkite-Catholic Church in Israel
2000: Dr. Kang Won Yong, Korea
1999: Community of Sant'Egidio, Italy
1998: Maha Ghosananda, Cambodia
1997: Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland
1996: Marii Hasegawa, USA
1995: M. Aram, India
1994: Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, Archbishop of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
1993: Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, Israel
1992: A. T. Ariyaratne, Sri Lanka
1991: Dr. Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Austria
1990: Norman Cousins, USA
1989: Etai Yamada, Japan
1988: not awarded
1987: World Muslim Congress, Pakistan
1986: Philip A. Potter, Dominica
1985: Zhao Puchu, China
1984: Homer A. Jack, USA
1983: Dom Hélder Câmara, Brazil


  1. ^ Jan Arild Holbek: Gunnar Stålsett får fredspris på 1,2 millioner Vårt Land, 27 October 2013

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