History

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…)

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 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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Recipients

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.

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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News

World Peace Prize Awarded at the U.S. Capitol Today

WASHINGTON, Jun 14, 2011 — The World Peace Prize Ceremony is being held in the Gold Room of the Capitol of the United States today. The award presentation honors Top Honor Prize recipients H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Hon. Benjamin A. Gilman; and Roving Ambassador for Peace will be awarded to the Civil Air Patrol. The ceremony will be attended by many members of Congress and international dignitaries. (more…)

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.