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 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."[1]

Prize winners[edit]

Gold medal for Peace with Justice[edit]

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.[6]


  1. ^ Rees, Stuart (28 October 2004) "Peace is about justice, not just violence", in The Sydney Morning Herald accessdate=1 January 2015
  2. ^ "2001 Sir William Deane AC KBE". Sydney Peace Foundation. 2001. Retrieved 1 January 2015. ... for his consistent support of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians and his strong commitment to the cause of reconciliation.  Sydney Peace Prize Lecture: Justice for Indigenous People: The Peace Priority PDF
  3. ^ "2012 Senator Sekai Holland: Courageous Zimbabwean politician wins 2012 Sydney Peace Prize". Sydney Peace Foundation. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "2013 Dr Cynthia Maung". Sydney Peace Foundation. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014. ... 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. 
  5. ^ SBS: "Julian Burnside selected to receive Sydney Peace Prize", 26 May 2014
  6. ^ "Julian Assange awarded Sydney peace medal". Australian Associated Press. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011 – via The Sydney Morning Herald. 

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