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First Sunhak Peace Prize laureate Commemorative Book Publication

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- Presented a key solution in overcoming climate change, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati -
- Provided a solution to the future food crisis, Modadugu V. Gupta, Indian fisheries scientist -

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee published commemorative books about the contributions by their first laureates selected last year to world peace, Anote Tong, 63, President of Kiribati, and Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta, 76, Indian fisheries scientist. President Tong, recognized mainly for his contributions on spreading awareness to the international community on the seriousness of climate change, and Dr. Gupta, for leading the resolve to end poverty and food insecurity in Southeast Asia, were awarded the Sunhak Peace Prize, and this book depicts the inspirational enthusiasm by which they worked for world peace.

  President Tong's biography gives detailed account of how he led the world to act on climate change, by alarming the world of the threat faced by his country at risk of submerging underwater by 2050 caused by sea-level rise. President Tong has continued his work to pool the attention of the UN and other international agencies on climate change, and has played a key role in creating a comprehensive network to raise awareness by the international community.

 Dr. Gupta's biography tells of an inspirational journey of sacrifice, whereby throughout his life he has been addressing the looming issue of food insecurity by developing aquaculture methods that benefit small-scale farmers as a solution to the future food crisis, and led the "Blue Revolution" helping achieve independence and self-sufficiency for countless people to be lifted out of poverty in Southeast Asia and Africa. Ignoring threats to his own life, he set up camp in war-torn conflict areas, and devoted his efforts to develop innovative implementation practices of aquaculture that benefit small-scale farmers, providing low-cost, high quality animal protein through an integrated system of agriculture and aquaculture.

 The Sunhak Peace Prize was established by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, the wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification who ascended (passed away) on September of 2012. From early on, Rev. Moon, based on his "One Global Family" peace vision of interdependence, mutual prosperity, and universally shared values, devoted his life for the construction of a global community. In honor of the founder's vision, the Sunhak Peace Prize does not confine the concept of peace to just the present or the past, but extends it well into the future to open new horizons of peace.

Anote Tong, laureate commemorative publication


◆ Planning : Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Secretariat
◆ Type : New edition, 320 pages (English-Korean)
◆ Published on : Feb. 1, 2016
◆ Category : Political and social
◆ ISBN 978-89-92289-80-1(03800)
◆ Price : 15,000 KRW                                                                                

1. Table of Contents
Preface : A global leader of climate peace
Prologue : Climate is peace
Anote Tong's climate peace activities
Born in beautiful Kiribati
Submerging Kiribati
Island countries at risk of disappearing from the world map
Global warming, the main cause of sea level rise
The Copenhagen Climate Conference ends in failure
Holding the Tarawa Climate Change Conference
Leading the international community to agreement at the Cancun Conference
Pursuing Migration with Dignity
Giving up self-interests and protecting the ocean environment
Addressing the issue of climate peace
Accepting the Sunhak Peace Prize
Sunhak Peace prize 2015 acceptance speech
World Summit 2015 plenary speech
Appendix : Speech at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly
                   Speech at the 3rd Monaco Blue Initiative
                   Keynote speech at the 16th session of Conference of Parties to UNFCCC

2. From the book

“The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, recollected, “I met a boy when I visited Kiribati.
 He was scared to go to bed at night for fear of being drowned during his sleep. Climate
change is a serious threat to the survival of many low-lying countries.”

“Climate change will have a serious, extensive and irrevocable impact. Climate change threatens the hard-won peace, prosperity, and opportunity for billions of people. Today, we must set the world on a new course.”

President Tong didn’t want the Kiribati people to become climate refugees. He was worried that they might become refugees without dignity and rights as human beings. He also felt there was still an opportunity and time to do something about it. President Tong stressed that the crisis was not because of the inability or idleness of the Kiribati people but because of the difficulties at the global level to reach a consensus. He thought that their mother country could be given up if it was inevitable but the dignity of their people could not. He gave the first priority to his people. He thought that the most important duty of a president was to protect and serve his people. “I want to keep my people’s ‘dignity.’ I want them to be treated as ‘human beings’ and not ‘refugees’.” he says.

3. Synopsis
“What do you want to leave for your children and future generations? The planet, the environment, and the ocean; we need to take responsibility for the inconvenient truth the Earth is facing."
 Abnormal weather events caused by climate change such as snow blizzards, flood, drought, cold waves, etc. are increasing worldwide. These extreme weather patterns have produced much damage, forced victims to become refugees, and caused an adverse affect throughout the socio-economy through agriculture, forestry, fisheries, livestock, industries, drinking water, sanitation, health, and education. The destruction of urban and industrial infrastructure leads to loss of livelihoods, which coupled with changes in living conditions and subsequent migration create social unrest and spread disease, resulting in a drop in labor productivity. To low-lying coastal nations, these issues serve a greater threat. To island nations that, within a few decades, are expected to be submerged underwater due to rising sea levels, climate change comes as a direct hit.
 Kiribati, with elevation above sea-level of only 2m, is also under threat of disappearing from the world map within a few decades. In order to solve the problems facing his home country, H.E. Anote Tong, who became the nation's President after being born and raised there, has called the international community to act, and is making preparations for his people to live a humane life in their new society. While concentrating on new land acquisition and education for migration, he has actively pursued advancements in climate change agreements and international conferences, and fought for the conservation of the ocean environment and marine ecosystems.

Modadugu Vijay Gupta, commemorative publication 


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◆ Planning : Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Secretariat
◆ Type : New edition, 295 pages (English-Korean)
◆ Published on : Feb. 1, 2016
◆ Category : Political and social
◆ ISBN 978-89-92289-78-8(03800)
◆ Price : 15,000 KRW                                                                        

1. Table of Contents
Preface : Dr. Gupta, the pioneer of the Blue Revolution
Prologue : Food is Peace
Dr. Gupta's accomplishments for food peace
Watching fishermen at sea
Beginning aquaculture research
Bringing the Blue Revolution to Laos
Welcoming begger challenges in Bangladesh
Achieving success with humility
Developing environmentally friendly integrated aquaculture technology
Creating a foundation for self-sustainability
Changing the lives of oppressed women
Farmer-oriented, field oriented
Winning the World Food Prize
Accepting the Sunhak Peace Prize
Sunhak Peace Prize 2015
World Summit 2015 Lecture Speech
Appedix : World Food Prize 2005 Acceptance Speech

 2. From the book
"We call Dr. Gupta a scientist with a human face. He’s been the most prominent scientist in fisheries and aquaculture from long ago. But he never thinks about his reputation or success and always thinks how to develop aquaculture technology further for the poor."
-Dr. Ayappan, Director General of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)

"Even as most people hesitated, Dr. Gupta saw things differently. He thought that the reality of India cannot be changed by only conducting research in the laboratory. As his father had always said, technology and knowledge only have meaning when they are used for the betterment of humanity."

"Because the Lao farmers were uneducated, time was needed for them to accept the new technology. First of all, Dr. Gupta befriended the farmers while living with them in the farm. He tried to understand the farmers while building family-like relationships. He thought that they could understand him only when he understood the farmers. Then, Dr. Gupta taught aquaculture technology to the farmers in their language on their level. This attitude was very helpful in the successful settlement of the aquaculture technology in the farms."

“After researching how to spread aquaculture in Bangladesh, Dr. Gupta developed technologies fit for small scale farmers that let them harvest 1.5 to 2.5 tons of fish per hectare within a span of 3~5 months. These amazing results were enough for farmers to take notice.”

“As women started generating considerable amounts of income, their husbands started to think twice before raising their fists at them. Violence decreased and women’s rights improved. But moreover, these women were delighted that they could send their children to school.”

"Dr. Gupta argues that the aquaculture technology should be developed to be more simple and easy for small-scale regional farmers to understand and apply. Dr. Gupta makes no compromises to this principle, not for his honor, but for the farmers who need the aquaculture technology."

3. Synopsis
Food is the single most important resource for humanity's survival. "This book depicts the life of Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta, who devoted his entire life for food security."
Even at this very moment when we all seem to live better lives, there are approximately 800 million people in poverty. It is said that the problem lies in production levels not being able to keep up with increased food demands. This food crisis is gradually becoming worse, and insufficient food resources has emerged as one of the most important issues facing the future of humankind. Particularly in developing countries and other poor countries that are not self-sufficient in producing their own food, the problem is much more serious.
Focusing on this phenomenon, by disseminating his fish-farming methods developed to benefit small-scale farmers in extreme poverty in such countries as India, Laos, and Bangladesh, they were able to receive quality animal protein at a low cost, while also applying this knowledge to obtain the means to improve economically.
With warm love for humanity and dedication to service, he not only contributed substantially to resolve the food crisis, but also presented a groundbreaking way to end poverty, and was truly concerned about food insecurity. He was largely recognized for these merits leading to winning the first Sunhak Peace Prize.
This book was published to spread throughout the world a deeper understanding about Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta's contributions, and the warm heart behind it.

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