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The first Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Announcement

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President Anote Tong and Dr. Modadugu V. Gupta win the first Sunhak Peace Prize.


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Dr. Modadugu Gupta and President Anote Tong 

 

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee held a press conference announcing its inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize laureates on June 8 (Monday) 12pm at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. His Excellency Anote Tong, President of Kiribati (63), and Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta, Indian fisheries scientist (76) have been selected as dual laureates to receive the prestigious award.


The conference began with opening remarks by the chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation Dr. Thomas Walsh followed by an introductional video on the theme for the inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize. After Secretary General Dr. Man-Ho Kim’s statement on events leading to the press conference, chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Dr. Il-Sik Hong announced the inaugural laureates.


During his welcoming address Dr. Thomas Walsh said, “The Sunhak Peace Prize is intended to recognize and empower innovations in human development, conflict resolution and ecological conservation, by honoring and promoting people who have made enduring contributions to peace by living for the sake of others.” 


Secretary General Dr. Man-Ho Kim explained the Sunhak Peace Prize peace vision based on the “One family under God” peace ideology, and reported on the thorough data research and verification process that went into the laureate selection process.


Chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Dr. Il-Sik Hong proposed the act of subjectively seeking for the wisdom that will save humanity from ‘climate change’ and ‘food insecurity’ as its future peace agenda and introduced the first Sunhak Peace Prize laureates, President Anote Tong, a global leader creating peace at the forefront of climate change, and Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta, a pioneer of the Blue Revolution developing innovative aquaculture methods as an alternative solution to the future food crisis.



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Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Chairman Il-Sik Hong announced the 2015 laureates


Kiribati is a country on the verge of being submerged under water due to rise in sea levels. As a consequence, President Tong has drawn the attention of the international community on climate change, and played a core role in gathering support for both the major economies and developing countries to seek for solutions to actively cope with its effects.


Throughout his life, Dr. Gupta has been addressing the expected future food crisis by developing methods of aquaculture that benefit small-scale farmers. The aquaculture methods he developed have helped achieve independence and self-sufficiency for countless people in poverty in Southeast Asia and Africa. In particular, he significantly improved the social status and rights of women.


With an outstanding showing of U.S. based Korean correspondents in attendance, there was a sense of enthusiasm and respect, filled with pride that a press conference for a prize from their homeland of Korea was being held at the hub of all media, the National Press Club. These included broadcasts by SBS, MBC, KBS, YTN, and JTBC; and newspaper companies the likes of Chosun Media, Joongang Daily, Donga Daily, Hankyoreh, Segye Times, Hankook, Washington Korea Cable, Yonhap News, Hankyung, and Maeil Business Newspaper.



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 The inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize laureate announcement


In the question and answer portion of the program, journalists were interested in how the sensitive and appropriate issue of ‘climate change’ was chosen for the peace agenda and ceaselessly asked about the future vision and plans of the Sunhak Peace Prize.


Foundation Chairman Dr. Thomas Walsh said, “Today is World Oceans Day established by the United Nations. To have this announcement, whose inaugural award concept of the ‘Ocean’ combined with the ‘climate change’ and ‘food resource’ peace agenda, coincide on such a special day has provided us with a bigger boost. As all the American and international attendees here are well familiar with the meaning of this day, I feel this conference provided the outlet we needed to provide an opportunity for more people to get know us, as well as our laureates better” and added, “Especially, being held in this historical venue, the National Press Club provides a unique venue to spread quality news from the United States to the world. There is great significance in that the inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Announcement was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.”


The National Press Club is a prestigious gathering place for announcing official policies and major issues in the United States and is often used for press conferences by foreign heads of state including the President of Korea. The Sunhak Peace Prize showed its resilience to become a global symbol of peace and moral compass by holding the first laureate announcement press conference in this historical function.

 

The two awardees will be honored at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, on August 28, 2015. Each will receive the Sunhak Peace Prize medal, certificate and a cash prize of $500,000, as well as an opportunity to describe their work to an audience of 1,000 dignitaries from around the world.


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