The Distinguished Peace Leadership Award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated courageous leadership in the cause of peace. The Foundation has, on occasion, also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for peace leadership. The award is presented at the Foundation’s Annual Evening for Peace in Santa Barbara, CA. Instituted in 1984, past recipients of the award include His Holiness the XIV th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Captain Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Jody Williams and King Hussein of Jordan.
Tony De Brum was honored on October 21, 2012 for his tireless work for peace and justice on behalf of the Marshall Islands, devoting his life to a distinguished career in government and public service. He and his fellow Marshall Islanders seek a peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons.
Jonathan Schell recieved
the Foundation's 2003 Distinguished Peace Leadership
Award in recognition of his clear, intelligent and
tireless voice for ending the nuclear weapons threat
to humanity. He is the Pultzer Prize -- nominee
author of the seminal book, The Fate of the Earth,
and numerous other books. He lectures widely and
has taught at Yale, Harvard and other top universities.
Arthur N.R. Robinson & Dr. Robert Woetzel, 2002 Honoree
Excellency Arthur N.R. Robinson, President of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, received the
Foundation’s Distinguished Peace Leadership
Award for his key role in the creation of a permanent
International Criminal Court (ICC). Dr. Robert Woetzel was honored
posthumously for dedicating his life to the establishment of an International Criminal Court.
The Nuclear Age Peace
Foundation's Annual Dinner on November 9th honored
two extraordinary young peace leaders, Hafsat Abiola
and Craig Kielburger. Hafsat, 27, is the founder
of the Kudirat Initiative for Nigerian Democracy,
an organization that works for the rights of women
and children in Nigeria and throughout Africa. Craig
founded Free the Children at the age of 12. It is
now the largest organization of children helping
children in the world with over 100,000 members.
Some 450 people attended the event, and over half
of these were high school and college students.
It was a magical evening with an overpowering spirit
of possibility, hope and love.
A great leader who spent his whole
life as a warrior for peace, the late, courageous
King Hussein guided Jordan to become an oasis of
peace, stability and moderation in the Middle East.
A steadfast and outspoken advocate for peace, critically
ill King Hussein left his sickbed to encourage the
participants of the Wye River Peace Discussions
to come to agreement and establish a lasting peace
in the Middle East. Her Majesty Queen Noor al Hussein
accepted the award on behalf of her late husband.
A former Commander-in-Chief of the
United States Strategic Command, General Butler
has become a passionate voice for nuclear weapons
abolition, concerned that the people of the world
have not "grasped the elemental truths and
the acute penalties" of nuclear war.
Then Prime Minister of New Zealand,
and the people of New Zealand were recognized for
creating and protecting New Zealand's nuclear-free
R.E. "Ted" Turner,
Chairman and President of Turner
Broadcasting System, was honored for innovative
efforts in initiating the Goodwill Games and founding
the Better World Society. In 1998 Ted Turner, by
then the founder of CNN and Time-Warner Vice Chairman,
was awarded the foundation's World Citizenship Award.
Rodrigo Carazo, 1986 Honoree
Former president of Costa Rica,
was honored for his role in founding the U.N. University
for Peace located in Escazu, Costa Rica.
Gene R. LaRocque, 1985 Honoree
Rear Admiral Gene R. LaRocque (US
Navy, Ret.) is acclaimed for his courage in proposing
alternatives to nuclear weapons in US defense and
security policies in the Nuclear Age, and for his
founding of the Center for Defense Information.
Then Chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, US Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI)
was recognized for his direct dialogue with the
Soviet Leader Andropov at a time when communications
were not otherwise open between the U.S. government
and former Soviet Union