U Thant Peace Award
The U Thant Peace Award was created by Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations, after U Thant's death. First offered in 1982, the award is given to individuals and organizations who have exemplified the lofty spiritual ideals of the late United Nations Secretary-General U Thant and implemented those ideals in the tireless pursuit of world peace.
It had been bestowed by The Peace Meditation at the United Nations upon Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Kurt Waldheim the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Dada J.P. Vaswani, Swami Satchidananda and U Thant’s daughter, Daw Aye Aye Thant.
The U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum through which eminent thinkers and world leaders speak on the role of the United Nations in addressing the challenges facing the world’s peoples and nations in the 21st century. The lecture series is co-organized by the United Nations University and the Science Council of Japan.
The UNU has a tradition of inviting world leaders and renowned individuals to Tokyo to explore the role of the United Nations in a rapidly changing world. The U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series builds upon this tradition by providing an opportunity for Nobel laureates and heads of state, current and former, to share their insights and experiences with scholars, policy makers, business leaders and the general public.
Recipients of the U Thant Peace award
|Bill Pearl||United States|
|Pascal Alan Nazareth||India|
|Daw Aye Aye Than ||Burma|
|Ravi Shankar ||India|
|2001||Atal Bihari Vajpayee ||India|
|2000||Sivaya Subramuniyaswami ||United States|
|1998||Pope John Paul II ||Poland|
|1997||14th Dalai Lama||China|
|1996||Nelson Mandela ||South Africa|
|1994||Mother Teresa ||India|
|Mikhail Gorbachev ||Russia|
|James P. Grant||United States|
|1993||Ganesh Man Singh||India|
|1986||Javier Pérez de Cuéllar||Peru|
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