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The 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony

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Write SHPP Date17-02-07 14:25 Hit1,131

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▲ Founder of The Sunhak Peace Prize(far left), Chairman Il-Sik Hong(far right), co-recipient

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi(second to the right), and Dr. Gino Strada (third to the right)

 

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee (Chairman, Dr. Il Sik Hong, former president of Korea University) held 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.

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Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, founder of the Sunhak Peace Prize,

and Dr. Il Sik Hong, Committee Chairman make their entrance


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The laureates of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize,

Dr. Gino Strada and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, make their entrance

 

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 received 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.

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Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, awards the Sunhak medal to Dr. Gino Strada

 

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Committee Chair, Dr. Il Sik Hong, awards Dr. Sakena Yacoobi with the Sunhak plaque

The award ceremony was attended by more than 800 delegates, including former President of Kiribati HE Anote Tong who gave the Congratulatory Address, current and former presidents and vice presidents, among others representing various governments, academia, businesses, media, and religions.

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Laureate, Dr. Gino Strada, gives his acceptance speech


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Laureate, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, gives her acceptance speech

 

Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong, former president of Korea University said, “As a prize founded on the vision for peace to build ‘One Family Under God,’ the Committee presents the ‘refugee crisis’ as its core theme for the 2017 awards.”

 

Chairman Hong stated in his Welcoming Address that, "Presently as we face the largest number of displaced persons on the global level since World War II, the international community must make a transnational effort for the common benefit of humankind." He added, “In order to create a world of lasting peace, the award’s founder emphasized the love for humanity that transcends divisions of race, national borders, ideology, and religion, and campaigned for a world where we no longer needed borders, because we recognize that we are all members of one human family.

 

Chairman Hong 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.”

 

Through his Congratulatory Address, H.E. Anote Tong asserted, “The refugee crisis requires a global response, and therefore we must enhance the global effort through cooperation and coordination between all actors.”

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Committee Chair, Dr. Il-Sik Hong, gives his welcoming address


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  Former President of Kiribati, H.E. Anote Tong, gives his congratulatory address

 

Meanwhile, the celebration stage was 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, created a fantastic harmony that highlighted 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.

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Kolleen Park and Jaerim Choi performing their congratulatory song


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▲ Kollen Park, Jaerim Choi, and the Little Angels performing their congratulatory song


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the Little Angels performing their congratulatory song

 

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