목요일, 6월 21, 2018

Gino Strada, "Why I built the Salam Centre"

​2017 SPP laureate Dr. Gino Strada talks about the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery and why he opened a cardiac hospital in Africa. 

Q: Why did you establish the Salam Centre?

A: The Salam Centre opened almost 10 years ago, and was a big achievement for us, because in the world of humanitarian aid, very, very few people believed that it was possible to establish a high-standard center of cardiac surgery. It's such a sophisticated discipline.

In Africa, we know that facilities are very scarce or not available at all. We proved that this was feasible, that it was possible, it will be possible to run this center for 10 years, doing thousands of operations with excellent clinical results.

일요일, 6월 17, 2018

목요일, 5월 10, 2018

Radio Meraj Awarded 3 Prizes in Herat

Radio Meraj, a private radio broadcasting station founded by our 2017 co-laureate Sakena Yacoobi, recently won three awards for best performance (best news reporter, best speaker and best content) among broadcasting stations in Herat.

Founded upon the mission to empower the poor with information about the world and about their rights as human beings, Radio Meraj aims to enlighten the Afghan masses through its broadcasting. Its programs, which include podcasts, news briefings, poetry readings, discussions, etc. cover a variety of topics: social issues, health, ideal families, human rights, literature, music and more. 

As an enterprise that has existed for only 3 years (since 2015), Radio Meraj has already become one of Herat's top 3 radio stations.

Apart from these three awards, Radio Meraj won an award for best guest speaker from NAI-Support Open Media in Afghanistan in 2016, and won three awards for best news package, best analysis and speakers, and best innovative programming from the Afghanistan Institute of Research and Studies in 2017.

Dr. Yacoobi endeavors to revive Afghanistan's culture and values using Radio Meraj as one of the means to do so. One of her objectives is to help her people live in harmony with other nations and make contributions to the world. Currently, she is not only reforming Afghan society, but it trying to reconnect its people to their peaceful, pre-war culture.

AIL Hosts Teacher Workshop in Baghdad and Kabul

During the month of April, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) held a workshop for 70 school teachers and administrators in Baghdad, Iraq.

Representing Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, the founder and executive director of AIL, was Mr. Wali Shah, an AIL senior consultant, who opened the workshop with words of felicitation and talked about the beautiful Parvan Province.

During the opening, lecturers and participants talked about a new elementary school education system. And also, lectures taught about the value and roles of teachers and professors in relation to their students -- that teachers should be models and guides for humanity because of their duty to teach.

In the course of the opening ceremony, Parwan Province's deputy director of urban education spoke about the importance of the workshop and praised AIL for its work and services.

AIL also held the workshop in Afghanistan's Kabul Province.

In the beginning, the ceremony of was held openly under the leadership of the AIL office, members of the Kohdaman Council, scholars, jihadi activists, district educators, educational education supervisors, directors and professors.

Mr. Wali Shah again spoke on behalf of his colleagues, describing love for education, as exemplified by Dr. Yacoobi, to be Afghanistan's salvation out of ignorance.

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Speaks at UPF/WFWP event in Birmingham

On April 15, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi visited UPF in Birmingham to share her story in front of an audience of about 100.

In her speech, Dr. Yacoobi talk shared about her childhood growing up in Afghanistan, before the country plunged into war. She expressed how her father deeply encouraged her to pursue education, even though girls' education was not an orthodox practice.

As political tension, and eventually war, rose with the Soviet Union, Sakena's parents sent her to the U.S. to pursue higher education. That she did and secured a stable life for herself that allowed her to bring her family to America where they were safe from the clutches of war.

However, she herself was not complacent to stay within the confines of personal security. Her heart was for Afghanistan and its people who cried for help. So, after the Soviet-Afghan War ended, she returned home to help her people, who had now been ravaged by the war.

Dr. Yacoobi began helping poor refugee communities in Pakistan and Afghanistan by training teachers to education and raise children with a parental heart. Her movement began as a whisper, but it grew to the point it wasn't just training teachers and providing education, but it was also managing hospitals, orphanages, a radio broadcasting station, legal firms and more.

After she had given her speech, the audience, comprised of so many different faiths and cultural spheres, collectively donated £600 to her cause.

일요일, 4월 08, 2018

Gino Strada awarded Hippocrates Prize

Reggio Calabria - Sunhak Peace Prize 2017 laureate and founder of the medical relief organization EMERGENCY was recently awarded the Hippocrates Prize for Scientific & Social Progress (Ita: Premio Ippocrate per il progresso scientifico e sociale) during the award's tenth anniversary.

The Hippocrates Prize, founded in 2007 by the Provincial Order of Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists (Ordine Provinciale dei Medici Chirurghi e Degli Odontoiatri) of Reggio Calabria, is awarded to personalities from the world of medicine, research, culture and civil society, who have contributed significantly to peace and the development of humanity, whose work aim to improve the quality of life, to develop technology, and to bring about scientific and socio-economic progress. 

수요일, 3월 14, 2018

Sunhak Peace Prize 2019, nomination process

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Award recipients.

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee is searching for dedicated leaders whose activities embody the One Family Under God peace vision.

The Sunhak Peace Prize Pillars of Peace: Sustainable Human Development, Conflict Resolution, Ecological Conservation

1. Criteria for candidacy
  - Nominees must be individuals or organizations who have contributed significantly to the realization of peace for people of diverse nations, races, religions, or ideologies
  - In case of individuals, the nominees in question must be presently alive

2. Required material
  - Candidate Nomination Form, 1 copy per nominee
  (go to "Nomination" at sunhakpeaceprize.org)
  - A detailed description of the candidate's achievements

3. Submission information
  - Deadline : May 31, 2018
  - Send to : Sunhak Peace Prize Secretariat, Dowon Bldg. 14th fl., 34 Mapo-daero, Mapo-gu, Seoul, S. Korea 121-728, 04174
     E-mail : commemo.proj@gmail.com
     TEL 82-2-3278-5160, FAX 82-2-3278-5199

4. Laureate Announcement
  - October 2018, USA (Announcement will be featured in news outlets and at sunhakpeaceprize.org)

5. Award Ceremony
  - February 2019, Seoul, S. Korea

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Speech Quotes

My family and I became refugees in 1979 after the invasion of my country.

“There is no hope.” Refugees have had their rights taken away, and are mired in deprivation and despair.

I wanted to find a way to help Afghans rebuild their self-respect and self-confidence; I wanted them to be able to trust again, rebuild their communities and reestablish their core values.

To provide systematic education for refugees, I established in 1995 the Afghan Institute of Learning, which has now provided education and vocational training to 14 million women and children.

Women were able to find jobs when they learned reading and math and participated in job training.

As women become valuable contributors to their households, and are even able to teach their children, the societal awareness of women increases.

We couldn’t stop teaching girls, even under the Taliban’s ruthless ban on girls’ education. Therefore, we operated underground schools and taught 3,000 girls without incident.

Educated refugees gain the confidence, economic capacity and problem-solving capabilities to lead their communities.

We are living in a world where people are being judged by religion, ethnicity, race, and gender. People are being labeled wrongly and are being targeted by hate groups.

When you share love, compassion and wisdom, you provide humanity with an indestructible base for living in peace and harmony.

Dr. Gino Strada, Speech Quotes

I have spent the last thirty years of my life operating on patients in war-torn countries.

After every bomb, after every shell, there are people still struggling to survive.

Today, ninety percent of all war victims are civilians, people equal to us, with the same needs, the same hopes and the same desires for their beloved ones.

1994, I founded EMERGENCY with the aim of guaranteeing high-standard, free-of-charge care to the victims of war and poverty. This is because everyone has the right to medical care.

EMERGENCY now operates more than 60 medical facilities in 17 of the most dangerous countries in the world, and has saved more that 9 million lives.

Post-WWII us seeing the worst case of global mass displacement. In 2016, over 60 million people were forced to leave their homes.

The broken lives of refugees urge us to take action.

If we wish to work for the survival of humankind, the abolition of war is necessary and inevitable.

EMERGENCY is working to launch an international anti-war campaign involving world-renowned personalities as well as ordinary citizens.

A world without war is a realistic and achievable objective. It is up to the world citizens to take action and achieve peace.

수요일, 3월 07, 2018

Anote Tong, "Our islands will be uninhabitable in the decades ahead."

[March 6, 2018]

Motorists embrace an incoming wave during a spring tide. 

2015 Sunhak Peace Prize laureate and Former President of Kiribati Mr. Anote Tong sat down with CNBC for an interview to talk about the future of Kiribati.

In the interview, Mr. Tong mentioned the technical wonders of Dubai's man-made made islands and the shining city of Singapore, and expressed that the technology and resources to raise up Kiribati's islands are out there but have not been made available to them. "It's going to require a lot of expertise and it's going to require a lot of resources. Thus far, nothing has been coming forward. The technology is there, the resources are there, but they're not coming forward and being made available."

When asked about his plans to relocate the Kiribati population our of the country, and whether other Pacific island nations are planning the same, Mr. Tong emphasized that the 'migration with dignity' plan was meant to be a last resort in case all other efforts to save Kiribati fail. To him it's better to "cover all the options, just in case one fails," because Kiribati "cannot afford to not have a plan B, or a plan C." 

Above all, he stressed that it is the responsibility of the current generation to ensure the safety and security for the next generations: "It is our responsibility that we know what's happening, that we do something about it today. We must not wait for that to happen. Because if we do, then our people will definitely become climate refugees, because they will be running around trying to find a solution when we should be doing it in this generation."

Click here to watch the interview 
Scroll down to view the interview transcript 

Source: climate.gov.ki

[Interviewer]: Singapore, where you are today, has declared that this year, 2018, is the year of Singapore's Climate Action. Singapore is in a very lucky and privileged position of having the financial firepower to be able to tackle climate change, which is something not all countries have. Which countries do you feel are leading this battle? Which countries do you think are getting it right?

[Anote Tong]: I have been involved in discussions with countries like the United Arab Emirates; we've seen what they've been able to do in their part of the world: building islands...

So, given the scenarios, the projections that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put forward, our islands will be uninhabitable in the decades ahead. The question is: How do we respond? How do we continue to stay above the waters? Will we have the capacity to adapt? The simple answer is that if we have to remain on the islands, we have to raise the islands.

So, it's going to require a lot of expertise and it's going to require a lot of resources. Thus far, nothing has been coming forward. The technology is there, the resources are there, but they're not coming forward and being made available.

During the time when I was in office, every time I went to a conference, I would hope to be able to come back to my people and say, "Don't you worry! I have the solution! The next time there is a high tide, we will have a place for you to be secure. The next time there is a storm, there is a place for you and your children to be able to stay above the storm." But that's not possible [right now].

I'm in Singapore right now; yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit some very amazing places. The innovation and the imagination and the kind of technology that's there really presents an opportunity which we have not seen. So, I think it's about getting all of this technology and all of the resources together.

It's always been my contention that the answer's out there. But, as a global community, we have not been able to put the political will together to make it happen.

[Interviewer]: It's a shocking thing for people to even contemplate that they might have to relocate elsewhere, leave their homes, because of rising tides. And I see that it's not just Kiribati; there are other islands in the Pacific which are in a similar situation, like the Marshal Islands, where they are less than 2 meters above sea level. So, Kiribati is making potential plans to relocate its people elsewhere. Are the other Pacific islands making such drastic plans as well?

[Anote Tong]: Let me be clear, because I'm often criticized on this: what I always planned was that we should, as far as possible, adapt and build climate resilience. But in the event that we are not able to do that to the extent that we can accommodate all of our people, we have to reconcile ourselves with the brutal reality that some of our people will have to be relocated.

So, we must not allow that to happen without doing anything about it. I've always been advocating a strategy of "migration with dignity" as a last option. I think all I've been doing is trying to cover all the options, just in case one fails, because we cannot afford to not have a plan B, or a plan C, or whatever it is. It's a matter of survival for our people.

But, of course, we must understand that today, in our generation, the problem is not really here. We are seeing some it, but it's not to the intensity that we can expect what's to come for the next generation or the one after.

So, we've got to keep planning ahead. It is our responsibility that we know what's happening, that we do something about it today. We must not wait for that to happen. Because if we do, then our people will definitely become climate refugees, because they will be running around trying to find a solution when we should be doing it in this generation.

목요일, 2월 22, 2018

Sunhak Peace Prize Exhibition Booth (Side-Panel at the ILC 2018)

Lotte Hotel World, Seoul -- The Sunhak Peace Prize Secretariat held an exhibition booth for the Sunhak Peace Prize, during the 2018 ILC event.
The International Leadership Conference (ILC) is a global forum that discusses issues of peace and security, as well as world peace. High-ranking participants from around the world gather to discuss way to realize peace. The 2018 ILC, titled "Building a World of Lasting Peace: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values," was held between February 18 and 22.
More than 550 participants -- political, religious, academic, media, economic, social and civial society leaders -- from more than 80 nations around the world showed great interest in the Sunhak Peace Prize, promoted at the exhibition booth. The booth featured inspiring videos about the achievements of the Sunhak laureates and highlights of the 2017 award ceremony, and sold commemorative postcards and biographical books of the 2015 and 2017 laureates.

[Curious guests watch an introductory video of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize laureates] 

On top of it all, the exhibition booth handed out nomination forms for the 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize, written in Korea, Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Russian. They attracted the attention of many ILC participants, who took generous numbers of forms. 

목요일, 2월 01, 2018

[Commemorative Publication] Sakena Yacoobi: The Mother of Refugee Education

The 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize commemorative book
‘Sakena Yacoobi: The Mother of Refugee Education’ has been published.

Pick up a copy and learn more about the Mother of Refugee Education, who dedicated her entire life for Afghan refugees, and proposed a fundamental solution to refugee resettlement.


Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, an Afghan national who had studied in the United States, returned home and devoted her life to helping refugees recover their dignity that had been lost in the wars, and helping them reconstruct their nation. Through her work, she has demonstrated that education provides a fundamental solution for not just Afghan refugees, but for refugees all over the world.

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee awards those who have peacefully led humanity towards a common destiny, and selected Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada and Afghan educator Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, as co-recipients of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony, for their work to solve the refugee crisis.

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi established the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in 1995, with the belief that only education could offer a brighter future for refugees, and has been lauded for providing education and vocational training to 14 million people for 22 years.




Chapter 1. From Peace into the Vortex of Tragedy
Peace in Afghanistan is now but a memory
A father’'s view on education
The treacherous refugee camps in Pakistan
Establishing the first refugee school with a Mullah

Chapter 2. Building Afghanistan's Future
Establishing the Afghan Institute of Learning
The underground schools
The Mobile Literacy Program
Meeting the needs of the communities
The teacher training programs
What about the boys?
Healthcare for mothers and children

Chapter 3. The Mother of Refugee Education
Education is the solution to the refugee crisis
Establishing an innovative model for refugee resettlement
Protecting women’'s rights
The Love and Forgiveness Conference
Radio Meraj
A legacy of peace for future generations
Help is needed from the entire world

Chapter 4. The Sunhak Peace Prize for Future Generations
The Sunhak Peace Prize award ceremony
Major achievements
Acceptance speech
World Summit speech




Publisher's review

“Refugees are human being just like us, and have the same values that must be respected. Global efforts must be made to help them regain their confidence and reintegrate into society."

Refugee problems today are a concern for all of humanity. Violence of all sorts, including wars and terrorism, has utterly destroyed human life in many countries, causing millions of people to leave their homes. Even today, throughout the world, countless refugees are on the brink of death, struggling to survive in hunger and poverty. They are looking for new places to live, after being forced to leave their own homes and countries, suffering miserably in unfamiliar lands. As a result, the refugee problem has reached a point that the world can no longer ignore. In order to remind humanity that the world is still suffering due to misjudgement and conflicts of ideology, the Sunhak Peace Prize selected Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi devoted her entire life to Afghanistan's refugee education, even under life-threatening circumstances, and proposed a fundamental solution to refugee resettlement by creating a holistic approach through which refugees could start their lives anew in their countries. She was also acknowledged for her contributions to improving Muslim women's rights and statuses, which had been defiled by men.

This book was published to make us reflect upon Dr. Sakena Yacoobi's accomplishments, and to honor her as a laureate of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize. We hope that readers of this book will find interest in the ongoing refugee crisis, and find inspiration to act towards the ideal of 'One Family under God'.


◈​ Written and edited by the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation
​ Format : Shin Kook Pan, 330 pages
​ Publication date : January 25, 2018
​ ISBN : 979-11-88794-03-4(03300)
​ Price : 15,000₩

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