수요일, 1월 21, 2015

Timor-Leste government donates $100,000 as foundation fund for Sunhak Peace Prize

Timor-Leste government, donates $100,000 as  foundation fund for the "Sunhak Peace Prize",  a peace prize for the future generations


The Timor-Leste government donated $100,000 this past Jan. 12th, to the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee as foundation fund of the peace prize for the future generations.
 
H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, the prime minister of Timor-Leste, while attending the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Inauguration Ceremony held at the Seoul Press Center in South Korea last year August, made the promise to the Committee, and 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. The resolution approved by the Councel of Ministers is as follows:
 
"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 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.”
 

▲H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao (69 years old), prime minister of Timor-Leste,gave
 the Congratulatory Address during the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Inauguration Ceremony
 held last August 11, 2014 at the Seoul Press Center in South Korea.
 
In regards to the donation sent from the Timor-Leste government, the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee Chairman Dr. Il-Sik Hong 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 the 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, maintaining the wishes of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon who devoted his life for the realization of a borderless, inter-racial, inter-religious, inter-national world peace, which will award $1 million in prize money to individuals and organizations that have contributed to the peace of the future generations and human welfare. The first award ceremony will be held on August 28th, 2015 (Friday) at the Seoul Grand Intercontinental Hotel in South Korea.
▲The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee members take a group photo during the Sunhak Peace Prize
Committee Inauguration Ceremony held last August 11, 2014 at the Seoul Press Center in South Korea.

[ SBS News ] "SUNHAK Peace Prize" established... $1 million prize money, largest ever in Korea

[ SBS News ] "SUNHAK Peace Prize" established... $1 million prize money, largest ever in Korea

Hello.  This is the SUNHAK Peace Prize blog, the blog that brings you up-to-speed with all the news regarding the ‘prize for all peace loving global citizens.’

In today's posting, we'd like to share with you the news broadcast by SBS News, the major Korean media station, covering news about the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee's Inauguration Ceremony.

[ SBS News ] "SUNHAK Peace Prize" established... $1 million prize money, largest ever in Korea



The SUNHAK Peace Prize was announced today.  It will be awarded to an individual or organization that made the most significant contributions to world peace and human welfare.

The SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee, which officially launched today during its inauguration ceremony, will announce the first recipient of the prize in August next year.  At US$1 million, the prize money is the highest in Korea.

The committee chairman is Dr. Hong Il-Sik, the former president of Korea University and the committee is composed of 12 members, including Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN Secretary-General.