Evening for Peace

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s annual Evening for Peace inspires new action for nuclear disarmament and peace by honoring the achievements of distinguished leaders. The Foundation presents its Distinguished Peace Leadership Award and/or its World Citizenship Award to some of today’s most important leaders.

2023 Evening for Peace

Honoring Professor Jeffrey Sachs. The event took place on October 18, 2023.

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2019 Evening for Peace

Honoring David Krieger. The event took place on October 20, 2019.

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2018 Evening for Peace

Honoring Beatrice Fihn and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The event took place on October 21, 2018.

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2017 Evening for Peace

Honoring Dr. Ira Helfand and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The event took place on October 22, 2017.

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2016 Evening for Peace

Honoring Noam Chomsky. The event took place on October 23, 2016. Photos of the event are available here.

2015 Evening for Peace

Honoring Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She is a Hiroshima Peace Ambassador and a recipient of the Order of Canada Medal, the highest honor for Canadian civilians.

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Click here to listen to an interview with Setsuko Thurlow on KCLU radio.

Click here to read an interview with Ms. Thurlow in the Santa Barbara Independent.

2014 Evening for Peace

Honoring Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange.

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2013 Evening for Peace

Honoring Rabbi Leonard Beerman, co-founder of the Interfaith Center to End the Arms Race.

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2012 Evening for Peace

Honoring Sen. Tony de Brum for his tireless work for justice and a world free of nuclear weapons on behalf of the people of the Marshall Islands. Click here to read de Brum’s acceptance speech. Click here for photos of the event.

 2011 Evening for Peace

Honoring Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing who has dedicated her life to the abolition of nuclear weapons, and Tadatoshi Akiba, former Mayor of Hiroshima. Click here for photos of the event.

2010 Evening for Peace

Honoring Glenn Paige, author of Nonkilling Political Science, and Rev. James Lawson, who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” Click here for photos of the event.

2009 Evening for Peace

Honoring Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, and Judith Mayotte, author of Disposable People? The Plight of Refugees.

2008 Evening for Peace

Honoring Rev. George Regas for his courage, commitment and vision in building interfaith movements for nuclear disarmament and peace, and Stanley Sheinbaum for his sustained and courageous efforts to forge peace and create new dialogue between old adversaries.

2007 Evening for Peace

Honoring Peter, Paul & Mary for their courage and persistence in reaching millions of people with songs of conscience while lending their talents for over four decades to numerous projects promoting peace and justice.

2006 Evening for Peace

Honoring Bianca Jagger for her global efforts to secure human rights, human dignity and social, economic and legal justice for all, and Blase Bonpane for his lifelong efforts on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

2005 Evening for Peace

Honoring Daniel Ellsberg for his decades of work for peace and nuclear disarmament, and Sen. Douglas Roche, O.C., founder of the Middle Powers Initiative.

2004 Evening for Peace

Honoring Walter Cronkite for his uncompromising integrity in reporting the news and for his commitment to building a more peaceful world.

2003 Evening for Peace

Honoring Harry Belafonte for his lifelong service to humanity and the children of the world, and Jonathan Schell in recognition of his clear, intelligent and tireless voice for ending the nuclear weapons threat to humanity. Click here for Jonathan Schell’s acceptance speech.

2002 Evening for Peace

Honoring His Excellency Arthur N.R. Robinson, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, 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.

2001 Evening for Peace

Honoring Hafsat Abiola, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Nigerian Democracy, an organization that works for the rights of women and children in Nigeria and throughout Africa, and Craig Kielburger, who founded Free the Children at age 12.

2000 Evening for Peace

Honoring King Hussein bil Talal of Jordan, a steadfast  and outspoken advocate of peace. His wife, Her Majesty Queen Noor al Hussein, accepted the award on behalf of her late husband.

1999 Evening for Peace

Honoring General George Lee Butler, a former Commander-in-Chief of the United States Strategic Command who became a passionate voice for nuclear weapons abolition.

1998 Evening for Peace

Honoring Jody Williams, Founding Coordinator of the International Campaign to ban land mines and a leader in achieving the 1997 international treaty to ban landmines.

1997 Evening for Peace

Honoring Lord Yehudi Menuin, violin virtuoso and conductor, for his humanitarian efforts for children and outspoken advocacy of human dignity.

1996 Evening for Peace

Honoring Anne and Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University scientists who were honored for their work on population control, resource conservation biodiversity, and environmental consequences of nuclear war.

1995 Evening for Peace

Honoring Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, who was recognized for his distinguished service to humanity on nearly all major social issues of the Nuclear Age.

1994 Evening for Peace

Honoring Dr. Helen Caldicott, Australian pediatrician and founder of Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, for her courageous and inspirational efforts to end the nuclear arms race and to save the planet.

1993 Evening for Peace

Honoring Dr. Carl Sagan, Astronomer and pulitzer prize-winning author, for his outspoken advocacy of peace and nuclear disarmament.

1992 Evening for Peace

Honoring Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Co-founder of the Community of the Peace People in Northern Ireland, for her moral leadership and steadfast commitment to social justice and nonviolence. She is also a Nobel Peace Laureate.

1991 Evening for Peace

Honoring His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, for his advocacy of universal responsibility and a non-violent solution to restoring the independence of Tibet. He is also a Nobel Peace Laureate.

1990 Evening for Peace

Honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, for his leadership in the non-violent struggle against apartheid.

1989 Evening for Peace

Honoring Captain Jacques Yves-Cousteau, world-renowned explorer and environmentalist, for his devotion to the protection of life and the survival of the planet for future generations.

1988 Evening for Peace

Honoring the Right Honorable David Russell Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the people of New Zealand, for creating and protecting New Zealand’s nuclear-free status.

1987 Evening for Peace

Honoring R.E. “Ted” Turner, Chairman and President of Turner Broadcasting System, for innovative efforts in initiating the Goodwill Games and founding the Better World Society

1986 Evening for Peace

Honoring Dr. Rodrigo Carazo, former president of Costa Rica, for his role in founding the U.N. University for Peace located in Escazu, Costa Rica.

1985 Evening for Peace

Honoring Admiral Gene R. LaRocque (U.S. Navy, Ret.) 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.

1984 Evening for Peace

Honoring Claiborne Pell, then Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 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.