수요일, 10월 29, 2014

SBSCNBC Interview with Secretary-General Dr. Man-Ho Kim

SBSCNBC Interview with Secretary-General Dr. Man-Ho Kim

Hello.  This is the SUNHAK Peace Prize blog, the ‘prize for all peace loving global citizens.’

In this posting, we'd like to share with you the Korean media giant, SBSCNBC's interview with Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary-General of FFWPUI Headquarters.  In the interview, the reporter covers various points about the SUNHAK Peace Prize, its founder, and many more.

[SBSCNBC] Big Briefing, What is the significance of the 'SUNHAK Peace Prize' with a $1 million cash-prize?

■ Big Briefing up to the minute news with anchor Hyung-Jin Lee

Dr. Man-Ho Kim 

Secretary-General of FFWPUI Headquarters







Hyung-Jin Lee

SBSCNBC Big Briefing News Anchor











<Anchor>

The Nobel Peace Prize.

Korea has one laureate, the late President Kim Dae-Jung, in recognition for paving the way for the unification of North and South Korea.

Though controversial, President Obama of the US also received the award in 2009.

Mahatma Gandhi of India is said to have been nominated 5 times for the award.

As you know, the Nobel Peace Prize honors those around the world who made meaningful contributions to peace.

Well, now an award is also being established here in Korea, which was modeled after the Nobel Peace Prize.

It’s called the SUNHAK Peace Prize.

The name is a bit unfamiliar.

Let’s take some time to go over the related information.

<SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee>

We have Secretary General Dr. Man-Ho Kim on the line.

Secretary General Dr. Man-Ho Kim!

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Yes, this is Man-Ho Kim.

<Anchor>

First of all, the SUNHAK Peace Prize is still relatively new and unfamiliar to us.

Mr. Secretary General, can you start off by telling our viewers about what exactly the SUNHAK Peace Prize is?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

The SUNHAK Peace Prize was created on a global scale by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, to honor individuals and organizations that made notable contributions for a peaceful world and human welfare.

Our goal is to use the SUNHAK Peace Prize to expand the culture of peace to the world.

<Anchor>

But wait a minute Mr. Secretary General.

Isn’t Rev. Sun Myung Moon the founder of the Unification Church?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Yes, that is correct.

<Anchor>

Didn’t Rev. Sun Myung Moon pass away 2 years ago?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Yes, you are right.

<Anchor>

Then I’d like to ask you this question.

Nobel amassed his lifetime wealth through the weapons industry, and as a way of giving back to society, he created the Nobel Prize, and one of its categories was the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the same sense, there had to have been a reason behind creating the SUNHAK Peace Prize in the late Rev. Moon’s name, so would you be able to give us any information about that?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

If you look back at the life of Rev. Moon, you cannot leave out his relationship with North Korea.

In his lifetime, he promoted a wide range of businesses with the North, and the ties he was able to establish with Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il are remarkable.

<Anchor>

Mr. Secretary General.

Other than the various businesses with the North, in my research I found that he even visited the North in 1991; does that mean that he met with Kim Il-Sung well before President Kim Dae-Jung did?

Was all this done under the approval of the Korean government?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Yes, it was done with our government’s approval and support.

In particular, the Korean government has even acknowledged that Rev. Moon’s visit to the North in 1991 and his talks with Kim Il-Sung, contributed to the realization of the North-South summit, reunion of separated families, and the commercial development of Mt. Kumkang.

<Anchor>

Please go on.

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Later, Rev. Sun Myung Moon also made significant contributions to civilian cultural exchange with the North, as the Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet which Rev. Sun Myung Moon founded, visited the North for cultural exchange, followed by the Pyongyang Children and Students Performing Arts Troupe returning the favor visiting the South for their performance.

Furthermore, as part of the North and South Korea economic cooperation project, he has organized the Pyeonghwa Motors, the Pothonggang Hotel in Pyongyang, etc. to improve and stabilize the North-South relations, and strive for peace.

<Anchor>

Mr. Secretary General, my research showed that the Tongil Group passed on all businesses it had with the North, such as Pyeonghwa Motors, to the North Korean government.  If this is true, are there any other projects for coalition with the North still in operation?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

During his life, Rev. Moon always emphasized that aside from profit interests, the North-South cooperation business projects were there to help the North transition into an open economy in the international community, and that we should always head in the direction that would help contribute to North-South unification.

Therefore currently, though some commercial businesses have been handed over to the North Korean government, we have continuously kept running not-for-profit projects such as the Peace Center in Pyeongyang.

Thus, the purpose of the North Korea projects was not to gain profit, but to contribute to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to advance efforts for unification.

<Anchor>

I see.  I didn’t know that.

Actually, I always thought that the person who pioneered the North Korea cooperative initiatives from the private sector was the late Chairman Ju-Yung Chung (founder of Hyundai Motors), but now I see that the Tongil Group had already been actively engaged in North Korean cooperative projects long before that.

Hyundai Group Chairman Ju-Yung Chung’s 1999 visit to the North still has a lasting impression on me, so I mentioned it briefly.

Now, Mr. Secretary General, could you please give us your thoughts on this?

There are so many peace awards out there, whether it be the Nobel Peace Prize or the Seoul Peace Prize.

Can you give us any distinct aspects about the SUNHAK Peace Prize that differentiate it from other peace prizes?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Yes, of course.

Above all, the SUNHAK Peace Prize is a peace prize that transcends race, nation, and religion, and selects its laureate purely from a general civilian’s standpoint, without any political interests.

Also, as an award with international implications, I find it especially meaningful that it is presented in Seoul, the capital of Korea, a symbol of division and conflict for the last half-century as the only country in the world still divided, I expect it to assist in promoting peace not only in the Korean peninsula, but also throughout the world.

Furthermore, our work will not end when the award is presented, but will make effort to continually support the laureates’ peace activities, and form an international network for peace.
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<Anchor>

You talked about this peace prize being one of international proportions, but how much is the awarded prize money?

<Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

The prize money is $1 million dollars USD, equivalent to about 1 billion Korean won.

< Anchor >

Compared to the Nobel Prize’s 800 krone, about 1.4 billion in Korean Won, it would be hard to say that this is a small amount.

How do you select the laureate?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Ah yes, thank you and thank you to everyone who has already shown so much interest in our award.

We will try to keep the laureate selection process as transparent as possible, but for now I will just like to give you a quick overview.

First of all, 1,000 nomination committee members from over 100 countries around the world will send us their recommendations for candidates.

Then, through local research groups, we will examine their candidacy, and after a panel of expert advisers will narrow the candidates by a divisible of 3, the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee will do a final review and select the laureate.

< Anchor >

Listening to your explanation, it seems that the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee has a large responsibility in selecting the laureate.

Who are the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee members comprised of?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

As the SUNHAK Peace Prize is an international award, the Committee also is comprised of international personnel, all experts in their respective fields.

Dr. Il-Sik Hong former Chancellor of Korea University has been commissioned as the first Committee Chairman. The committee consists of 12 total members including foreign members such as Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali former UN Secretary General, and Korean members such as Venerable Seong-Ta Chief Monk of Bolguksa Temple Jogye Order, and Dr. Tae-Ik Chung President of the Korean Council on Foreign Relations, among others.

< Anchor >

Okay lastly, going forward could you briefly go over your plans and schedule for the SUNHAK Peace Prize?

< Dr. Man-Ho Kim Secretary General / SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee >

Yesterday Aug. 11th, the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee held its official inauguration ceremony at the Seoul Press Center.

We will take candidate nominations until the end of October, and set next year April–May as our goal for selecting the laureate, followed by the first SUNHAK Peace Prize Ceremony to be held in late August 2015.

The SUNHAK Peace Prize Ceremony will position itself as a global peace award held in Korea, and hope that it will also contribute to the peace and unification on the Korean peninsula.

Particularly, we promise to do our best to act in accordance with the vision for peace outlined in the SUNHAK Peace Prize central motto of ‘one global family’, and also would like to ask for the interest and encouragement of the general public.

< Anchor >

I see.

Everybody knows that President Park Geun-Hye’s statements regarding ‘Unification is a jackpot, and the success of the Dresden Declaration’ are all possible only on the foundation of peace between North and South Korea.

I don’t think I am the only one who hopes that the SUNHAK Peace Prize will become the cornerstone for North-South future unification.

This has been an interview with the SUNHAK Peace Prize Secretary General Man-Ho Kim.

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