Kroc Institute | February 20, 2019
John Paul Lederach has been selected as the recipient of the 36th Niwano Peace Prize. Lederach is professor emeritus of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and a senior fellow at Humanity United. The annual award, presented by the Japan-based Niwano Peace Foundation, honors those devoted to interreligious cooperation in service of world peace.
Lederach was chosen by the Niwano Peace Prize Committee through an annual process that involves soliciting hundreds of nominations from individuals around the world. In its statement announcing Lederach’s award, the selection committee emphasized his role in the development and teaching of peace theory and strategy, as well as his on-the-ground peacebuilding work around the world, including in Colombia, Nepal, Northern Ireland and the Philippines.
“What we hear today is not good news with extremism, organized violence and authoritarian regimes who are not honoring the rule of law. With this ongoing situation, urgent and important work includes influencing and cultivating a culture of peace among these societies and communities,” said committee member Harsha Kumara Navaratne. “Dr. John Paul [Lederach]’s contribution to conflict transformation through his teaching, training, practicing and his own organizational network has given tremendous inspiration and courage to peace activists and practitioners around the world.”
Lederach will travel to Tokyo, Japan, to receive the award on May 8 and to give a speech during a formal ceremony attended by select global peace leaders and Japanese dignitaries. As part of the award, Lederach will receive a certificate, a gold medal and 20 million yen (roughly $180,000).
“I am grateful and humbled to receive the 36th Niwano Peace Prize,” wrote Lederach in his acceptance letter. “Your recognition gives me courage that our global beloved family can move beyond hate, division and exclusion and create the bonds that truly heal.”
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