Prime Minister Narendra Modi was bestowed with the Seoul Peace Prize in an award ceremony on 22nd of February, in recognition of his dedication and efforts in promoting global peace & harmony and for his contribution to international cooperation.
PM Modi is the 14th recipient of this prestigious award. The honorary list includes the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon, Bangladesh social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus and some of the eminent international relief organisations like Medecins Sans Frontieres and Oxfam. Narendra Modi is the First Prime Minister to receive the Seoul Peace Prize. The Prime Minister dedicated this award to the Indians. He said that he would contribute the prize money that he won — $200,000 — to the Namami Gange fund. At the Seoul Peace Prize ceremony, he said, this prize didn’t belong to him personally, but to the success India had achieved in the last five years powered by the skill of 1.3 billion people.
PM Modi’s Speech:
While delivering his speech, PM Modi mentioned that radicalisation and terrorism are becoming globalised and are the biggest threats to world peace. This warning by him comes within a week after 44 Indian paramilitary soldiers were martyred in a suicide bombing which took place in Jammu and Kashmir. “Like Korea, India has also suffered the bane of cross-border strikes,” PM Modi said. “Our endeavor towards peaceful development has only too often been derailed by cross-border terrorism.India has been the victim of cross-border terrorism for over 40 years, all nations today face this grave threat which respects no borders.”
The prime objective of this award being given as biennial recognition is to crystallize the Korean people’s yearning for peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the rest of the world.
Who gets selected for this award?
The Seoul Peace Prize is awarded to leaders, organizations and individuals who have made considerable contributions towards bringing peace and harmony in the world through re-conciliatory efforts between nations and people. The awardee receives a diploma, plaque and a reward of US $2,00,000. 1990 was the year when The Seoul Peace Prize started. It is given as a recognition with monetary award to commemorate the success of the 24th Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, Korea. An event in which 160 nations from across the world took part, creating harmony and friendship. The nomination committee comprises over 1,300 national and international nominators. From around the world in the fields of politics, academic, economic, social, cultural and sports etc.
The Seoul Peace Prize is a biennial prize whose nomination process starts in November. The nominators have to fill in the name of their candidates and their achievements in the forms provided to them. This must be done three months prior to the award ceremony. The members of the committee pick the final winner through a vote.
The certificate is a two-page document with the emblem of Seoul Peace Prize imprint on the left side of it. The gold plated crystal plaque is molded after the traditional Taegeuk design. Which are two comma-shaped symbols united in a perfect circle representing the unity of opposites, the yin and yang.
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