Seoul Peace Prize
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The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 as a biennial recognition with monetary award to commemorate the success of the 24th Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, Korea, an event in which 160 nations from across the world took part, creating harmony and friendship. The Seoul Peace Prize was established to reflect the wishes of the Korean people and to crystallize their desire for everlasting peace on earth. The nominating group consists of 300 Korean nationals, and 800 internationals. The awardee receives a diploma, a plaque and honorarium of US$200,000.
Past Seoul Peace Prize recipients have gone on to be nominated and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, including Médecins Sans Frontières (1996 SPP, 1999 NPP) and Bangladeshi Dr. Muhammad Yunus (2006 SPP, 2006 NPP), the founder of Grameen Bank which pioneered the concept of microcredit for supporting innovators in multiple developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and also inspired programs such as the Infolady Social Entrepreneurship Programme of Dnet (A Social Enterprise).
- 1 (1990 year) IOC Chairman, Juan Antonio Samaranch
- 2 (1992 year) US Secretary of State, George Pratt Shultz
- 3 (1996 year) Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
- 4 (1998 year) The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan
- 5 (2000 year) The United Nations, Ogata Sadako
- 6 (2002 year) Oxfam
- 7 (2004 year) Czech President, Václav Havel
- 8 (2006 year) Grameen Bank Establisher, Muhammad Yunus
- 9 (2008 year) US Defence Forum Foundation Chairman, Suzanne Scholte
- 10 (2010 year) Founder of El Sistema, José Antonio Abreu
- 11 (2012 year) Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon