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World Peace Prize since 1989

The World Peace Prize is a historical award recognizing world leaders who contribute to the cultivation of peace for humanity regardless of personal cost and sacrifices; individuals who offer exceptional vision and leadership for the development of a better world. (more…)

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World Peace Prize Awarding Council Issues Statement at 30th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In 1989, the late U.S. Congressman Hon. Robert Leggett, Suzi Leggett, former senior advisor to the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Congress, and H.E. Viscount Han Min Su founded the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, a non-profit organization to promote world peace.

Today, World Peace Prize Awarding Council is one of the most prestigious international peace recognition organizations in the world. At its 30th anniversary, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council celebrates the historical significance of World Peace Prize that has been awarded to world leaders and heads of states who had made outstanding contributions to humanity at the time they received the awards. Top Honor Prize recipients include: Ronald Reagan, fortieth President of the United States; Hon. Mahatma Gandhi, pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India; H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the only living Buddha who is formally recognized in the world today, the Buddha is the supreme leader, that is, Pope of Buddhism; H.E. Fidel Ramos, twelfth President of the Philippines; Gen. Yakubu Gowan, third Head of State of the Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Syngman Rhee, first President of South Korea; H.E. Abdurrahman Wahid, fourth President of Indonesia; H.E. Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat, first President of Mongolia; H.E. Hosni Mubarak, fourth President of Egypt; H.E. Kuniwo Nakamura, sixth President of Palau; H.E. Yitzhak Rabin, fifth Prime Minister of Israel; and H.E. Meles Zenawi, thirteenth Prime Minister of Ethiopia. H.E. Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga Kingdom; H.E. Emomali Rahmon, third president of Tajikistan. H.E. Lu Hsiu-Lien, former Vice President of the Republic of China. H.E. Samdech Hun Sen, thirtieth Prime Minister of Cambodia.

In 2012, the United States Senate passed the Senate Resolution S. Res 614 celebrating the World Peace Prize and commending the 1989 Council for advancing peace, justice, and inter-religious collaborations. The resolution celebrates and recognizes World Peace Prize recipients including President Ronald Reagan, and H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III.

As we celebrate the success of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council for its international renown and historical significance, we are also sad that H.E. Viscount Han Min Su, our former Chair, has passed away. The Viscount has always been a kind and deeply benevolent leader, who spared no efforts in advancing world peace and furthering friendship among humankind.

Since the inception of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council in 1989, the Council has been widely respected for its impartial, judicious, rigorous and sagacious practice as we adhere to the core spirit of advancing peace, justice and inter-religious collaborations.

However, some individuals and organizations are impersonating our organization’s name, using the key signifiers of our name and of our activities to conduct business. The World Peace Prize Awarding Council is ardently concerned about these fraudulent infringements.  With the deepest respect for the law, the facts, justice, and to uphold the true spirit of our historical organization and our award, The World Peace Prize Awarding Council hereby solemnly state the following facts:

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council, whose full name is World Peace Corps Mission, World Peace Corp Academy and World Peace Prize Awarding Council, Inc., also widely referred by the public as the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, or World Peace Corps Mission, was established in 1989, and is the only World Peace Prize Awarding Council that presented World Peace Prize Top Honor Prize to the above listed heads of states and world leaders.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council is aware that four organizations were established using key signifiers of our name. These organizations are called World Peace Prize, World Peace Prize Awarding Council, World Peace Corps Mission, and World Peace Corps Academy. These four organizations are totally unrelated to us. The establishment of these organizations had never been jointly consented by Suzi Leggett and H.E. Viscount Han Min Su. These are not the organizations that presented Top Honor Prizes to heads of states and world leaders.

Any organizations claiming to be the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, World Peace Prize Awarding Council, World Peace Corps Mission, and World Peace Corps Academy but were not established in 1989, and did not present the World Peace Prize to any of the above listed world leaders, are organizations impersonating the name, history, and status of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council to conduct their own activities.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council has no affiliations with any national or ethnic caucuses or organizations, such as the Irish Caucus, in the United States or in any parts of the world. No director, member, or any personnel within the World Peace Prize Awarding Council is, or has ever been given consent by the Board of Directors to establish association or affiliation with any national or ethnic caucuses in the United States or any parts of the world.

All businesses of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council are directly overseen by the Chair, Suzi Leggett through the Washington D.C. Office. The Council has nothing to do with any activities conducted by impersonating organizations. 

Since the inception of the Council in 1989, all executive decisions must be jointly agreed upon by Hon. Robert Leggett, Suzi Leggett, and H.E. Viscount Han Min Su. After Hon. Robert Leggett passed away, all decisions must be jointly agreed by Suzi Leggett and H.E. Viscount Han Min Su. When H.E. Viscount Han Min Su had been the Chair of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, what he did that was agreed upon by Suzi Leggett was his action on behalf of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. If either the Viscount Han Min Su or Suzi Leggett carried out independent actions without seeking consent from their counterpart, those actions were not actions taken on behalf of our Council, but for other organizations. Those actions had nothing to do with the World Peace Prize Awarding Council that was established in 1989.

All the prizes that had been awarded to recipients had been seriously vetted by the Council before the awards were presented to the recipients. The World Peace Prize Awarding Council takes every determination seriously. All awarding decisions are final. Just like the Nobel Prize, once it is awarded, the prize will not be cancelled.

Any entities other than our Council calling themselves World Peace Prize Awarding Council, or World Peace Prize, are impersonating our renowned reputation to conduct their own activities. The public must not be deceived.

Promoting peace is an arduous task. The World Peace Prize Awarding Council will continue to uphold our mission to recognize exceptional individuals who contribute to the cultivation of peace for humanity regardless of personal cost and sacrifices, and to those who offer exceptional vision and leadership for the development of a better world.

Suzi Leggett                                                              
Chair, World Peace Prize Awarding Council
May 6, 2019
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2011 Awards

2011 Awards

Top Honor Prize

His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III, recognized by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council for His selfless devotion to an immensely wide scope of healing and rescue-relief activities directed at people from different communities throughout the world. The wisdom and benevolence of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III embrace all races, ethnicities, cultures and religions: bringing beneficence, peace and equality to all. Wherever His Holiness the Buddha goes, His Holiness brings unity amongst people through His own humility and compassion. His continual contributions to humanity has proven to be a living example of the benevolent spirit of a Buddha, setting a model of humanitarian practices for all to emulate. His Holiness the Buddha is also a distinguished artist. Through teachings and practices, art and poetry, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has pointed out a bright path of non-violence, charity, and love for humanity. His Holiness the Buddha has received numerous awards including the United States Presidential Gold Award for His outstanding contributions to arts, medicine, ethics, Buddhism and spiritual leadership and to American society. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the first Buddhist leader to be awarded the World Peace Prize in the organization’s 20 years history. (……more)

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Events

2011 Award Ceremony

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council held a grand award ceremony on June 14, 2011 in the Gold Room of the Rayburn Congressional Office Building at the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the recipients of the 2010 World Peace Prize: H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, pre-eminent leader of Buddhism in the world; Hon. Benjamin A. Gilman, former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.


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Past Recipients

Past Recipients

The historical significance of World Peace Prize is evidenced by the outstanding contributions to humanity by World Peace Prize recipients. Since its inception and for the past 28 years, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council continues to carry out our mission of promoting world peace and inter-religious understanding. The World Peace Prize had been presented to individuals who have contributed to world peace by preventing regional conflicts or world war; by settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; and by developing new inventions to minimize threats and confusions within mankind.

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Mission

Mission

The World Peace Prize adheres to the core spirit of advancing peace, justice and inter-religious collaborations.

The award is presented to exceptional individuals who have contributed to the cultivation of peace for humanity regardless of personal cost and sacrifices, and to those who offer exceptional vision and leadership for the development of a better world.

The World Peace Prize is not awarded on a periodic basis but only when a deserving occasion arises, when individuals or groups contribute to the causes of world peace by preventing regional conflicts or world war; settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; developing new inventions to minimize threats and confusions within mankind.

News

Statement from the World Peace Prize

Washington D.C., Nov 12, 2013 – We who are engaged in the arduous task of promoting peace in a world wracked by war are loathe to give even a moment to respond to the baseless claims of The Phoenix Weekly and the likes about the World Peace Prize and H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III.  However, for anyone who is remotely interested, we refer you to the recognition of support for World Peace Prize by the U.S. Congress in the Resolution introduced by the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez:

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Judges

Chief Judge

Hon. Lester Wolff has been the Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council since its inception in 1989. He is a lifetime champion of Peace and Diplomacy. During Wolff’s 1978 congressional delegation to China, he met with Deng Xiaoping, the architect of Modern China. The Deng-Wolff Conversation was credited for its particular importance in the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. Wolff is also the author of the Taiwan Relations Act, a landmark legislation that has facilitated the ongoing development of friendly tri-lateral relationships between the United States, China and Taiwan in the following decades. In 1969, Wolff introduced amendments to the White House-sponsored Foreign Assistance Act to restore the initiative for direct peace talks between Israel and the Arab states. He played a supporting role in the Camp David Accords by having personally delivered a message from the Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat to the U.S. President Jimmy Carter after the bilateral negotiation between Egypt and Israel had broken down. Hon. Lester Wolff is the founder and driving force of the international political and parliamentary portal Ask Congress. In 2014, he received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Congress.

 

Panel of Judges

Suzi Leggett is a co-founders of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. Suzi Leggett is a distinguished woman in business and politics. She was the first Korean American to work for the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United State Congress. In 1989, she and her husband Hon. Robert Leggett co-founded the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. Ever since, Dr. Leggett has been the key driving force behind all major developments of the Council, and has led the Council delegation to the Middle East and Asia to promote peace and friendship.Dr. Suzi Leggett is a co-founders of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. Dr. Leggett is a distinguished woman in business and politics.  In 1989, she and her husband Hon. Robert Leggett co-founded the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. Ever since, Dr. Leggett has been the key driving force behind all major developments of the Council, and has led the Council delegation to the Middle East and Asia to promote peace and friendship. 

 

Hon. Daniel Kahikina Akaka had been a United States Senator from Hawaii with a Congressional career for 36 years from 1990 to 2013. Akaka was the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976 and he served for 13 years. In 1990, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate and subsequently re-elected to three full terms, later became Hawaii’s senior senator before his retirement. During his tenure, Hon. Daniel Akaka had been Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia, Chairman on Committee on Indian Affairs and Chairman of Congressional Task Force on Native Hawaiian Issues, and served on the US Senate Armed Services Full Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, and Subcommittee of Sea Power. Senator Akaka is known for his significant contributions in veteran affairs and Native Hawaiian rights.

 

Hon. Chung Hwa Suh had been a Minister of Home Affairs, President of the Committee on Unification, Foreign Relations and Trade of the National Assembly and Chairman of the National Assembly House Committee in South Korea. Suh is a champion of democracy. As Minister of Home Affairs, he led the formation of democratic election process within the Korean government, changing the system of appointing government officials by designation to a system of appointment by election. Suh had also been instrumental to the development of international trade, leading South Korea to successful signing of many significant treaties. After his retirement, Hon. Chung Hwa Suh continues to be an avid advocate for peaceful unification between the two Koreas. With a passion to inspire the young generation, he has been visiting professors to leading universities such as Yonsei University, Hanyang University, Korea University, amongst others. Suh is currently the Chairman of the Sookmyung Cultural Foundation and sits on the advisory board of the Hanwha Group.