화요일, 11월 28, 2017

Acceptance Speech, Dr. Gino Strada

Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada giving his Acceptance Speech during the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony.
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize

Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honour for me to receive the Sunhak Peace Prize, particularly in times increasingly marked by war and violence when speaking of peace is perceived as unrealistic and utopian. I wish to thank Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon for devoting their lives to achieving universal peace and promoting the fundamental values of peace, dialogue and cooperation in the name of the human family. 

Now more than ever, there is a compelling need for building a better world for future generations and sustainable peace. I have personally seen the atrocities of war and its devastating impact. I have spent the last thirty years of my life in war-torn countries, operating on patients in Rwanda, Peru, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. In these and other countries, EMERGENCY – the humanitarian organization I founded 23 years ago - is committed to providing free and high-quality medical and surgical care to the victims of war, whose effects are not limited to the wounded and refugees, but have severe repercussions on the future of entire generations. 
Many of the conflicts that are currently ravaging countries reducing populations to misery and hunger are often undeclared or deliberately silenced. The massacres are increasing, to the point that it is hard to remember them all. For most of us, they seem so far and alien from our daily life. It is so easy to listen to the news without realizing that after every bomb, after every shell there are people struggling to survive. Ninety percent of the victims of the wars of our time are civilians, people equal to us, with the same needs, the same hopes and the same desire for their beloved ones : living safely, staying together, and being protected. 

According to recent estimates, “eight individuals own as much as the poorest 3.6 billion people. Meanwhile, every day 1 in 9 people go to bed hungry.” Are we still surprised that people increasingly embark on perilous journeys and strive to find a better future? Last year over 60 million people were forced to leave their homes, looking for protection and safety. They had the dream of living in peace, but we are deaf to their hopes. “What did I do wrong?” A Somali guy landing in Sicily asked me. I could not give him an answer. 

Even though migrants arriving in Europe represent a small portion of the migrant population scattered across the globe, the so-called “migration crisis” has shed light on the hypocrisy of the European approach to human rights. On the one hand, we firmly promote the principles of peace, democracy and fundamental rights, while, on the other, we are building a fortress made of walls and cultural barriers, denying access and basic help to thousands of people fleeing war and poverty. 

The case of Afghanistan serves an emblematic example. In the last 15 years, Afghanistan has been devastated by a new war. Every year in our hospitals around the country we register a new record of war wounded, one third of them are children. Afghanistan has been the second source country of the refugees worldwide (only recently surpassed by Syria), with almost 3 million Afghans living mainly in Pakistan and Iran. This tragedy has been ignored for many years by the Western countries and has become a priority only when Afghan refugees have turned to Europe as their final destination. In response to this increasing flow, rather than investing in welcoming and integration programs and addressing the root causes of the conflict, European leaders have signed an agreement with the Afghan Government to legally deport asylum seekers back to Afghanistan in exchange for financial aid.

The broken lives of all of them urge us to reflect, ask us to take action to get out of the spiral of war and violence. If we wish to work for the survival of humankind, the abolition of war is necessary and inevitable. It falls within the mandate of the UN, founded over 70 years ago, but still today very little has been done to fulfil their core mandate. 

EMERGENCY has come to believe that the abolition of war is the only realistic and human solution to end human suffering and promote universal human rights. With this objective in mind, EMERGENCY is working to launch an international campaign involving world-renowned personalities as well as ordinary citizens. It might sound utopian but in fact, it is a realistic and achievable objective. It is up to the world citizens to take action and conquer peace. Renouncing the logic of war and practicing fraternity and solidarity is not only desirable but urgently needed if we want the human experiment to continue. Today I am very happy to have the chance to warmly invite all of you to join us in this effort.

Thank you.

“I am honoured to receive the Sunhak Peace Prize. It encourages EMERGENCY and me to multiple efforts to pursue our mission of promoting peace and human rights worldwide.

In 1994, I founded EMERGENCY with the aim of guaranteeing high standard, free-of-charge care to the victims of war and poverty.
For 22 years, EMERGENCY has been treating over 8 million people in 17 countries, in the firm belief that the right to be cured is a fundamental human right.
We work tirelessly in Afghanistan, where the number of war-wounded keeps increasing after 15 years of war.
In Iraq, we contribute to the reception of tens of thousands of refugees and internally displace people. We provide medical care to entire families that have lost everything fleeing the war.
In Italy, we treat hundreds of migrants that every week risk their lives in the Mediterranean Sea, looking for a better future away from home.

Confronted daily with the suffering of war-victims, we have come to realise that war is the worst disease affecting humanity.
In 1932, at a press conference gathering journalists from all over the world in Geneva, Albert Einstein stated “War cannot be humanised. It can only be abolished”. Some years later, in the 1955 Manifesto, Einstein and Bertrand Russell wrote: “Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?”
There is no alternative, especially today, when technologies with a mass destruction capacity million times higher than the bomb of Hiroshima are available. Humanity must renounce war.
It may seem utopia, but, before the XIX century, even the abolition of slavery seemed utopian.
As long as war remains a possible option to deal with severe crises, it is likely that someone will eventually resort to it. The abolition of war is the only guarantee for the future of humanity and our planet.”

Nov 29, 2016 
Dr. Gino Strada

Awarding of Medal and Plaque to Dr. Gino Strada

Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon awards Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada with the medal .
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize

Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong awards Italian surgeon Dr. Gino strada with the plaque.
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize

A commemorative photo shoot following the awarding of the medal and plaque
(from left to right : Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, laureate Italian surgeon Dr. Gino strada, Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong)
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize

Video of the awarding

Introductory Video, Dr. Gino Strada

Introduction, Dr. Gino Strada

Gino Strada is an Italian surgeon who has devoted himself to providing medical and surgical care in war-torn countries around the world over the past  28 years. He has helped save lives by providing free-of-charge medical treatment to 8 million people with great love for humanity transcending national borders, and has taken the lead in an anti-war campaign to protect and dignify human rights, thus contributing to the building of global peace.

Educational Background

  • 1978 : Postgraduate school, specialist in Emergency Surgery, University of Milan
  • 2004 : Honorary degree, Engineering, Basilicata University
  • 2006 : Doctors of Humane Letters, Colorado College of Colorado Springs

Professional Background

  • 1978 ~ 1984 : Surgeon, Institute of Emergency Surgery, University of Milan (Italy)
  • 1981 : Visiting Surgeon, Groote Schuur Hospital, Capetown, South Africa. 
                 Visiting Surgeon, Harefield Hospital, Harefield, U.K.
  • 1981 ~ 1982Visiting Surgeon, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 1983 ~ 1984 : Visiting Surgeon, Stanford University, CA, USA
  • 1985 ~ 1986 : Surgeon, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital of                                Bergamo (Italy)
  • 1987 ~ 1988 : Surgeon, Emergency Department, Rho Hospital, Italy
  • 1989 : Surgeon, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Hospital, Quetta,           Pakistan
  • 1990 : Surgeon, ICRC Dessie’ Hospital, Dessie’, Ethiopia 
                 Surgeon, ICRC Hospital, Khao-I-Dang, Thailand
  • 1991 : Surgeon, ICRC Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan 
                Chief Surgeon, Hospital of Ayacucho, Ayacucho, Peru
  • 1992 : Surgeon, ICRC Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 1993 : Chief Surgeon, Balbala Hospital, Djibouti
                 Chief Surgeon, Berbera Hospital, Somalia
  • 1994 : Surgeon, Koshevo Hospital, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 1994 ~ 2007 : Chief Surgeon, EMERGENCY Hospitals : Kigali, Rwanda / Suleimania                      and Erbil, North Iraq / Battambang, Cambodia / Anabah and Kabul,                      Afghanistan / Asmara, Eritrea
  • 2007 ~ 2014 : Cardiac Surgery, Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery (Khartoum,                            Sudan)
  • 1994 ~ 2016 : Founder and Executive Director of Emergency NGO

Major Awards

  • 2003 : Antonio Feltrinelli Prize (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Foundation)
  • 2015 : Right Livelihood Award (Right Livelihood Award Foundation)
  • 2016 : ESTE Plaquette (European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery)


  • 1999 : Published biography “Green Parrots : A War Surgeon's Diary” and was                 awarded the Viareggio Versilia Prize
  • 2002 : Published the book "Buskashi, A Journey Inside War" Featured in PBS                   documentary "Afghanistan 1380"
  • 2013 : A short documentary film called "Open Heart" was made about Dr. Strada's           work with the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan, and was                       nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.

    2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Theme

     The World's Largest Refugee Crisis on Record

    The 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize seeks for a peaceful solution to the "refugee crisis."  The world is now witnessing the highest levels of forced migration ever recorded.  In 2015 alone, UNHCR reported over 12.4 million people worldwide displaced internally, and overall, more than 65 million people were forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence, persecution, and other human rights violations.

    Today, facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, we must not forget that these are mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, no different from ourselves.  It is important to recognize the inherent value in all of us as human beings.  We must not turn away from the cries of people grieving the loss of their loved ones at sea, or devastated by having lost their homes and family members.  It is our hope that through international solidarity and cooperation, refugees may once again enjoy peaceful lives in their own homes.

    The greatest global forced migration in history, 65.3 million

    The recently published UNHCR Global Trends Report finds that at the end of 2015, the number of people experiencing forced migration worldwide was at 65.3 million.  It is the first time in the organization’s history that the 60 million threshold had been crossed, and indicates that one in every 113 people globally is now an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.  This is the largest total UNHCR has ever recorded, and highlights the fact that it is an urgent crisis facing humanity.

    Why the refugee numbers have massively increased

    There are three major causes for the dramatic upsurge in the refugee population during the last five years.  Firstly, the civil war-like conditions in Somalia and Afghanistan that have persisted for 30 years and 40 years respectively, have yet to see any signs of closure.  Secondly, though the Syrian civil war, the world's single-largest driver of displacement in recent history, has received the most attention, there have been frequent violent disputes during the past 5 years in other countries as well, including South Sudan, Yemen, Burundi, Ukraine, and the Central African Republic.  Thirdly, a stable solution is yet to be found for refugees and internally displaced persons in the 21st Century.
    2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureates

    월요일, 11월 27, 2017

    [La Repubblica] Dr. Gino Strada awarded Vittorio De Sica Prize

    [November 21, 2017] La Repubblica 

    Dr. Gino Strada, along with 20 other laureates, was awarded the Vittorio De Sica Prize in Society, at Sala Regia of Palazzo Venezia in Rome, Italy, for his extensive humanitarian activities as a war surgeon. 

    The Vittorio De Sica Prize was founded in 1975 by Italian screenwriter and film director Gian Luigi Rondi, in honor of Italian director and actor Vittorio De Sica (1901-1974). 

    The Prize awards select candidates based on the categories of film and arts, culture, science and society.

    [The Guardian] Children in the UK feel more disempowered than those in India

    [November 20, 2017] The Guardian 

    Unicef says young people feel their voices are unheard on global issues, as study finds prospects for 180 million worldwide bleaker than those of their parents. 

    A poll of children from 14 countries reveals how deeply worried they are about terrorism, poverty and poor education, and how mistrustful of adults and leaders in making good decisions for them. Analysis by the UN agency, released on Monday, found that despite global progress, one in 12 children – or 180 million worldwide – still live in countries where their futures look bleaker than those of their parents. 

    Millions of children in 37 countries are more likely to live in extreme poverty, be out of school, or to suffer a violent death than young people living in those nations 20 years ago: a situation Unicef said was “perverse”. 

    Nearly half of the children reported a lack of trust in their adults and world leaders to make good decisions for children. Mistrust was the highest in Brazil, where 81% of children did not trust their adults and world leaders, followed by South Africa at 69%. Children in India had the most confidence in their leaders, with only 30% feeling apprehension. 

    The survey also found that: 

    - Violent deaths among children below the age of 19 have increased in seven countries, all experiencing conflicts: Central African Republic, Libya, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. 
    - The share of people living on less than $1.90 (£1.60) a day has increased in 14 countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 
    - Primary school enrollment has declined in 21 countries, including Syria and Tanzania, due to factors including financial crises, rapid population growth and the impact of conflicts. 


    [The Guardian] Christine Lagarde: "We will be toasted, roasted and grilled"

    [October 25, 2017] The Guardian 

    The world will be in deep trouble if it fails to tackle climate change and inequality, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has warned. 

    "If we don't address these issues... we will be moving to a dark future" in 50 years, she told a major economic conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday. 

    Lagarde said that "we will be toasted, roasted and grilled" if the world fails to take "critical decisions" on climate change. 


    [CNN] Pollution linked to 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015

    [October 20, 2017] CNN 

    In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to pollution in some form -- air, water, soil, chemical or occupational pollution, according to a new report published Thursday in The Lancet. 

    Air pollution is by far the largest contributor to early deaths, according to the new research produced by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. This form of pollution is linked to 6.5 million fatalities in 2015. 

    Water pollution, responsible for 1.8 million deaths, and workplace-related pollution, which led to 0.8 million deaths, pose the next largest risks, the report noted. 


    [The Guardian] 7,000 babies die daily despite record low for child mortality

    [October 19, 2017] The Guardian 

    Research shows that, despite 'remarkable progress' on child mortality, many of the 5.6 million deaths last year among children aged under five were preventable. 

    The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has fallen to an all-time low, yet children around the world continue to die at an alarming rate, with 5.6 million deaths recorded last year. 

    In it's annual report on child mortality, the UN said many of the deaths -- which averaged 15,000 a day in 2016 -- were from preventable diseases. 


    [CNN] 40 Million Slaves in the World

    [September 20, 2017] CNN 

    More than 40 million people were estimated to be victims of modern slavery in 2016 -- and one in four of those were children. 

    Those are the findings of a new report produced by the International Labor Organization (ILO), a U.N. agency focusing on labor rights, and the Walk Free Foundation, an international NGO working to end modern slavery. 

    The report estimates that last year, 25 million people were in forced labor -- made to work under threat or coercion -- and 15 million people were forced in marriage. 


    [Deutsche Welle] World Population Day: Earth's inequalities

    [July 11, 2017] Deutsche Welle 

    There are 7.5 billion people on Earth, with 150 people being added to that ever minute. July 11 is World Population Day, a UN-designated event focusing on resource distribution, overcrowding and the future. 


    Dr. Yacoobi Speaks at the 2017 UN Solutions Summit

    Dr. Sakena Yacoobi spoke briefly at the UN Solutions Summit on the Mobile Literacy Program. 

    The Mobile Literacy Program is a literacy course for Afghan people to combat the country's illiteracy rate -- the highest in the world. The program was made to help illiterate students, who can't read basic alphabet, and to develop their reading skills up to 4th grade.

    Dr. Yacoobi Awarded Medal of Appreciation from the Afghan Senate Committee

    The Senate First Deputy of the Afghan Senate Committee met with Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.  Dr. Yacoobi was recognized for her 22 years of civil and humanitarian work. The  Senate committee presented her with a Medal of Appreciation for AIL's efforts in developing work opportunities, providing health services, and building the capacity of women. 

    The First Stone of the New Centre of Excellence for Paediatric Surgery in Uganda

    EMERGENCY founder Dr. Gino Strada laid down the first stone of EMERGENCY's new to-be facility in Entebbe, Uganda. The Centre of Excellence for Paediatric Surgery will be built at Lake Victoria, 35 kilometers from the capital, Kampala. 

    The Entebbe hospital will be the second excellence centre in the EMERGENCY network, after the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan.

    [Climate Change News] Anote Tong: Citizens to Begin Migration out of Kiribati in 2020

    Rising sea levels and extreme storms are threatening the very existence of Kiribati's 33 atolls. The people are scared and are wanting immediate solutions.

    Mr. Anote Tong, in 2014, purchased land from neighboring Fiji to prepare the 100,000 islanders to "migrate with dignity." According to Mr. Tong, Kiribati citizens will start relocating in 2020.

    Dr. Gupta is featured in India Times' "8 Indians Who Made 2015 A Proud Year For Us With Their Outstanding Achievements" article

    Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta's inspiring work in the field of aquaculture has garnered him praise both abroad and in his home country of India. His relentless efforts have caught the attention of India Times, who have featured him and 7 other outstanding Indians on their website.

    Click the link below to view the full article: 

    Dr. Yacoobi is on the BBC's list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017

    Dr. Yacoobi's innovative approach to education and community development have inspired hundreds of Afghan communities to join with her and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) to empower women and children and to work for peace. 
    Congratulations to Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and the Afghan Institute of Learning!!

    Click the link below to see Sakena and all of the other amazing 100 BBC women !

    [Segye Times] "The right to be treated is a fundamental human right...Refugees must be medically treated without discrimination"

    Segye Times founder's birthday and Foundation Day commemoration, interview with the co-laureates of the Sunhak Peace Prize - Italian surgeon, Dr. Gino Strada
    February 3, 2017
    Refugees have gone through so much pain as part of a global village suffering from conflict and war. According to UNHCR's 2015 Global Report, the number of refugees worldwide is estimated at 16.12 million.  As US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on his immigration ban, and more European nations began following suit closing its borders, refugees found themselves in more difficulties.  But there are people who have been working hard for more than 20 years for refugees with nowhere to go. Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada (68), who saved over 8 million people by providing medical care to war victims in conflict areas around the globe, and Afghanistan's female educator Sakena Yacoobi (66), who presented a solution for refugee resettlement through education.  The two winners of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize were invited to attend the awards ceremony held at Lotte Hotel World in Seoul, Korea on February 3.  "The refugees should be equally respected," they said in an interview with Segye Times on February 1, "It is urgent that the international community addresses this crisis."

    Dr. Gino Strada discusses refugee medical relief in his interview
    with the Segye Times on February 1 at Lotte Hotel World in Seoul, Korea.   
    By Sang Yoon Ha, Segye Times

    Beginning with his post with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1989, Dr. Gino Strada has spent the last 28 years dedicated to the world's conflict zones.  He provided urgently needed medical relief for refugees, the poor and war victims needing treatment, and also led a campaign to ban war altogether.  His humanitarian achievements were so outstanding, he was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  In 1994, the humanitarian medical care organization EMERGENCY was established to provide high-quality free medical services, running over 60 medical facilities in 17 countries, including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq and Sudan, and saving the lives of over 8 million people.  In 2007, Dr. Strada established the Salam Centre, a free-of-charge hospital specializing in heart surgery with state-of-the-art facilities in Sudan.
    "The right to be treated is the most basic inalienable right we have as human beings," he stressed, "It is only natural that the best medical services are provided to refugees without discrimination."

    ― What was your reaction to winning the Sunhak Peace Prize?
    “I am very honored to receive this award.  Conversely, I was taken by surprise because we did not know that people in Korea knew or were interested in what we do.  I think it is meaningful to award a prize for peace.  I hope it does not just simply end with talks of peace, but that real change can come out of it.”

    ―The Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan is well known for its state-of-the-art facilities that do not lag behind other American or European hospitals.  Is there a reason you insist on providing the best facilities?
    “It took us 30 years to finally construct this.  Victims of war are exposed to mines, bomb fragments, firearms and other injuries.  Pregnant women have difficulty giving birth due to lack of proper facilities.  In order to cope with these diverse needs, such facilities are needed.  What if someone you know or a family member was sick and needed to go to the hospital. Where would you want to send them?  Of course you would want to spend top dollar on the best facilities.  I think everyone should get the best treatment equally without discrimination.”

    At the 2nd Sunhak Peace Prize Awards Ceremony
    held at Lotte Hotel World in Seoul, Korea on February 3,
    Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon is awarding Dr. Gino Strada with a medal and plaque.
    By Sang Yoon Ha, Segye Times

    ―Tell us about your plans for the future.
    “After a successful signing of the "Manifesto for a Human Rights-based Medicine" led by EMERGENCY with the governments of Africa in 2008, recognizing the need for high level medical services, governments have agreed to cooperate towards providing medical care free of charge.  Recently, Dr. Strada has started construction work for a pediatrics center in Uganda. In this way, he aims to build Centres of Medical Excellence across Africa to strengthen national health systems with a regional perspective.  The African continent still lacks good medical facilities with good hygiene.  It is a crime against humanity.” 
    ―It seems as though the Trump administration (US President) is taking a hostile stance against refugees.  Please share with us your feelings about this.
    “I am very surprised. The US was built on immigrants.  It has thrived to where it is now because of its diversity. I do not think the US government's policy banning immigrants is wise. The good news is, there are lots of movements rising to protest and challenge this move.”

    ―What concept would you recommend for the next Sunhak Peace Prize?
    “If it was up to me, I would suggest war abolition. It is strange that even after thousands of years, mankind still fights fiercely to kill each other.  To stop the ravages of war, the world must endeavor to completely make war a thing of the past.”
    by Hyejeong Nam, Segye Times hjnam@segye.com


    [Segye Times] The Sunhak Peace Prize, the hope for refugees the world

    Doctor and educator dedicated to refugees, honored at the 2nd award ceremony;
    Now all countries around the world must follow suit to solve the refugee crisis
    Feb 4, 2017

    Two peace messengers who gave life and hope to refugees throughout the world, were jointly awarded the Sunhak Peace Prize.  The Sunhak Committee (Chaired by Dr. Il Sik Hong) awarded the 2nd Sunhak Peace Prize to Dr. Gino Strada of Italy and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi of Afghanistan, at the awards ceremony held yesterday at the Jamsil Lotte Hotel World in Seoul, Korea.  The Sunhak Peace Prize was enacted as a proposal by the founder of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, to realize the ideals set forth by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who emphasized that global peace must be achieved through true love.  The inaugural award was given in 2015, to Dr. Modadugu Gupta of India, who contributed to the resolution of the food crisis, and President Anote Tong of Kiribati, who strove to cope with climate change.
    This year's laureate, Dr. Strada, founded EMERGENCY, an international humanitarian medical group in 1994, helping over 8 million lives by providing medical relief in conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa. In his Acceptance Speech he appealed, "Renouncing the logic of war and practicing fraternity and solidarity is not only desirable but urgently needed if we want the human experiment to continue."  Dr. Yakoobi is called "Mother of Education" in Afghanistan.  She founded the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in 1995 with the belief that education is the only solution for the future of refugees, and educated over 13 million. Dr. Yacoobi stated, "When you share love, compassion and wisdom, you provide humanity with an indestructible base for living in peace and harmony that no one can take away."
    Today, the refugee crisis is a common human issue facing the whole world.  This is also why the Sunhak Committee has focused on the two righteous individuals who have dedicated themselves to solving this crisis.  According to UNHCR's 2015 Global Report, 16.12 million refugees have been displaced by war and persecution around the world.  Unlike the rapidly increasing numbers of refugees around the world, their presence is increasingly shrinking.  The majority of them have not even been properly given refugee status.  Recently, many developed countries in Europe and elsewhere, have refrained from letting refugees enter their borders because of risks to national security and employment.  The United States, which held a lenient stance on immigrants, has also began locking its doors.  As President Donald Trump fired an anti-refugee administrative order, more than 50,000 Syrian refugees and 26,000 Somali refugees have fallen into international misery.
    We now live in an era of one global village where the whole world is coming together. How could we dare claim to care for the common fate of mankind, in such a world where our neighbors are suffering as refugees?  Committee Chairman, Dr. Il Sik Hong stated in his Welcoming Address, "The international community should make transnational efforts to resolve the refugee crisis for the common good of mankind."  The two laureates paved the way for creating solutions to the refugee crisis with incredible courage and devotion.  Now the nations of the world must follow suit, transcending borders and races, and embracing all people as one family.


    [Segye Times] The 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony

    • Being held on February 3 (Friday) at 10 am, at the Jamsil, Lotte Hotel World, Crystal Ballroom 
    • Over 800 people from more than 100 countries around the world in attendance, including current and former parliamentarians, national and international VIPs, music choreographer Kolleen Park, among others from all walks of life
    • The “laureate lecture” will be held at a special plenary session later that day on February 3 (Friday) 5:30 pm at the same venue 

    The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee (Chairman, Dr. Il Sik Hong, former president of Korea University) will hold its “2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony” on February 3 (Friday), at 10 am at the Jamsil, Lotte Hotel World, Crystal Ballroom (3rd floor).

    Dr. Gino Strada, an Italian surgeon, and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, an Afghan women’s education professor, were selected as co-recipients of the prize.  On November 29, 2016, the Committee officially announced its laureates to the world at a press conference in Washington, DC.  

    Dr. Gino Strada is highly regarded for his humanitarianism transcending national borders, saving the lives of eight million people over the past 28 years, providing "urgent medical relief" to refugees and war victims at the forefront of global disputes. Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has been greatly recognized for her efforts to "educate" 13 million refugees at Afghan refugee camps devastated by the war, and offer a solution for their resettlement.

    Each laureate will receive a prize of $500,000, to go along with a medal and plaque presented by the founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, and Committee Chair, Dr. Il Sik Hong, during the award ceremony.  The Congratulatory Address will be given by former President of Kiribati, and the laureate of the inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize, HE Anote Tong.

    More than 800 delegates are expected to attend the award ceremony, including current and former presidents and vice presidents, among others representing various governments, academia, businesses, media, and religions.

    During its laureate announcement press conference, Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong, former president of Korea University stated, “As a prize founded on the vision for peace of building “One Family Under God,” the Committee presents the refugee crisis as its core theme for the 2017 awards.”

    Chairman Hong further asserted that, “At a time when the global refugee crisis seems to be worsening by the day, these two laureates, who have devoted their lives to fundamentally rebuilding the lives of refugees through providing the most essential of our rights to ‘medical aid’ and ‘education,’ are the heroes of this era.”

    Meanwhile, the celebration stage will be arranged by musical arts director Kolleen Park, with the theme of “overcoming the global refugee crisis with respect and love for humanity.”  The collaborative performance, with musical actor Jaerim Choi, Kolleen Park, and the Korean traditional arts school Little Angels, is expected to create a fantastic harmony that will highlight the mood of the award ceremony.

    The Sunhak Peace Prize biannually recognizes and honors individuals or organizations that have made enduring contributions to peace and human development for future generations.

    The two laureates will have a busy schedule in Korea, including a special plenary lecture at the “World Summit 2017” international conference on February 3 (Friday) at 5:30 pm, following the award ceremony at the same venue.

    For more information about the Sunhak Peace Prize, please visit http://Sunhakprize.com/eng/ 

    For more information, please contact : Mr. Tadayoshi Kiriyama, Manager, Sunhak Peace Prize Secretariat, Overseas Dept. 
    Office : +82-2-3278-5154       Cell Phone : +82-10-3912-1404