HISTORY

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.

 

Since its inception in 1989, the World Peace Prize has been awarded periodically to individuals contributing to the causes of world peace by preventing regional conflicts or world war; by settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; by developing new inventions to minimize threats and confusions within mankind.

 

Over the past two decades, World Peace Prize has become a prestigious prize well recognized internationally. Some of the past award recipients include President Ronald Reagan of the United States, President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia; H.E. Yitzhak Rabin, former Prime Minister of Israel, President Kuniwo Nakamura of Palau, amongst others.

 

   

              President John F. Kennedy with Hon. Robert L. Leggett

 

The World Peace Prize was spearheaded by the late Hon. Robert L. Leggett in Washington D.C. in 1989. It operates with the core belief in peace and justice, and in the spirit of inter-religious collaborations. Leggett was a nine-term United States congressman. Prior to that he was a Californian assemblyman and had served the United States Naval Air Crop. While in congress, he served on the House Armed Services and Budget Committees; and as co-chairman of the National Security Task Force.

 

     Hon. Lester Wolff with Deng Xiaoping, Father of Modern China

 

The true spirit of peace is shared by people of all beliefs. The World Peace Prize is adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges who come from diverse background, nationalities, faith and ethnicities. They stand to show us the spirit of unity in mankind. The Chief Judge, Hon. Lester Wolff, former Chairman of the Asian and Pacific Affairs Committee of the United States Congress, is an eminent peace maker himself. During his 1978 congressional delegation to China, he met with Deng Xiaoping, the Father of Modern China. The Deng-Wolff Conversation conducted during this time was credited for its particular importance in the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. He also introduced amendments to the White-House sponsored Foreign Assistance Act of 1969 to restore the initiative for direct peace talks between Israel and the Arab States.

 

With the fast changes in our world, we are confronted by numerous challenges that require great deal of collaborative efforts to bring resolve and understanding. The World Peace Prize salutes our honorees for their devotion in cultivating good will and respect by engaging in positive dialogues between nations, ethnicities, religions and to embrace difference.