U Thant Peace Award

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The U Thant Peace Award was created by Sri Chinmoy's peace meditations at the United Nations, after U Thant's death.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]

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[edit]

Year Recipient Country
2007 Ibrahim Gambari  Nigeria
Bill Pearl  United States
Pascal Alan Nazareth  India
2004 Kurt Waldheim  Austria
2002 Satchidananda Saraswati[4]  India
Daw Aye Aye Thant [5]  Myanmar
Ravi Shankar [6]  India
2001 Atal Bihari Vajpayee [2]  India
2000 Sivaya Subramuniyaswami [7]  United States
1999 Mahathir Mohamad  Malaysia
1998 Pope John Paul II [1][2]  Poland
Dada Vaswani  India
1997 14th Dalai Lama  China
1996 Nelson Mandela [1][2]  South Africa
Robert Mugabe  Zimbabwe
Maurice Strong  Canada
1995 Desmond Tutu  South Africa
1994 Mother Teresa [1][2]  India
Mikhail Gorbachev [1][2]  Russia
James P. Grant  United States
1993 Ganesh Man Singh    Nepal
1991 Vilayat Khan  India
1986 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar  Peru


  1. ^ a b c d e New Straits Times "King presented with U Thant Peace award". 1998-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hinduism Today "Sri Chinmoy Presents U Thant Award". 2001-02-04. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  3. ^ srichinmoy.org "The U Thant Peace Award". 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  4. ^ poetseers.org "Swami Satchidananda". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  5. ^ srichinmoybio.co.uk "Daw Aye Aye Thant". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  6. ^ srichinmoy-reflections.com "Ravi Shankar Gets U Thant Peace Award". December 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  7. ^ Hinduism Today "Our Publisher Honored". November 2000. Retrieved 2013-03-26.

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