【S.Korea=NEWSis】 = The Timor-Leste government transferred $100,000 as donation to the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee in South Korea this past January 12. The cause being the foundation fund for the ‘Sunhak Peace Prize, the peace prize for future generations’.
H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, followed through with the promise he made to the Committee, while attending the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Inauguration Ceremony held at the Seoul Press Center in South Korea last year August. The Timor-Leste government later addressed the agenda regarding the Sunhak Peace Prize foundation fund ($100,000) contribution in the Council of Ministers meeting held extraordinarily at the Government Palace this past December 19, 2014, and the resolution was approved unanimously.
"Timor-Leste greets the initiative for the establishment of the Sunhak Peace Award, whose principles include a vision beyond the issues of religion, race, nationality and culture, and promote the construction of peace communities and nations, so well-defended and promoted by Timor-Leste. Therefore, the Council of Ministers has decided to approve a contribution towards the establishment of the Sunhak Peace Award, in the amount of one-hundred thousand American dollars."
Prime Minister H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, last year at the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Inauguration Ceremony, expressed empathy through his Congratulatory Address stating, “In essence, the message that this Sunhak Peace Prize should carry is this : by living unselfish and altruistic lives we can build families and communities of peace. By transcending religion, race, nationality and culture we can build nations and a world of peace. With this message, the Sunhak Peace Prize will serve as a beacon of hope, guiding us all towards a culture of peace.” and promised that “the Timor-Leste government will contribute in the foundation fund.”
In regards to the donation sent from the Timor-Leste government, the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Chairman Dr. Il-Sik Hong (79 years old) stated, “Timor-Leste stands out as an example nation that was able to maintain the most pristine natural resources in Southeast Asia and pureness of its soul, even with the long pain of colonization, and win over the wounds of a painful history with peace, as “the first independent nation of the twenty-first century”. The fact that the Timor-Leste government would show empathy for the Sunhak Peace Prize which strives for a trans-national world of peace, in itself was a great event for peace that should be conveyed throughout the world. Going forward, the Sunhak Peace Prize will strive to gain the empathy and appeal of not only Timor-Leste but the entire world, and work for the implementation of peace for future generations.”
Timor-Leste is a small island nation with a population of 1.18 million people situated east of Indonesia, which overcame a tumultuous 25-year history of Indonesia's colonial rule and civil war, and became newly independent in 2002. The history of Timor-Leste bares much resemblance to the modern history of Korea in that it was erected with a long yearn for peace, often with the hope for independence. Given the fact that the per capita GDP of Timor-Leste is $3,664 (by 2014 standards), a $100,000 donation is much more meaningful than its objective economic value.
The Sunhak Peace Prize is an international peace prize initiated by Mrs. Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon (72 years old), maintaining the wishes of her husband, the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon (1920~2012) of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, who devoted his life for the realization of a borderless, inter-racial, inter-religious, inter-national world of peace. The character for "Sun" in "Sun Myung Moon", and "Hak" from "Hak Ja Han" were taken to create its name. A prize money of $1 million will be awarded to an individual or organization that has contributed to the peace of the world's future generations and human welfare.
The first award ceremony will be held on August 28, 2015.