Friday, October the 2nd, 2015, over 200 peace activists from around the world gathered in the historic Robert Schuman building in the European Parliament in Luxembourg to celebrate the nomination of the 2015 Luxembourg Peace Prize Laureates.
Luxembourg celebrates Seven New Peace Prize Laureates
The seven distinguished peacemakers awarded with the Luxembourg Peace Prize this year represent a diverse mix of Political Leaders, Artists, Educators and Peace Activists from five different countries: The Netherlands, Argentina, Egypt, Italy and Romania.
The Luxembourg Peace Prize aims to recognize and support the work of different groups working on peace-building around the world in the fields of:
Outstanding Peace Activists
Outstanding Peace Education
Outstanding Peace NGOs
Outstanding Public Peace Efforts
This year’s Luxembourg Peace Prize Ceremony took place at the European Parliament in Luxembourg on October the 2nd, as a conclusion to the 2015 World Peace Forum editions, held in Cairo, Egypt, and Baia Mare, Romania, in May 2015.
The LUXEMBOURG PEACE PRIZE Laureates of 2015
Category: Outstanding Peace Activist
Mrs. Patricia Pellegrini, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Former Head of Art Education, City Government of Buenos Aires
Mrs. Patricia Pellegrini has worked tirelessly with tens of thousands of children, through the Arts, in order to bring the message of Peace and Brotherhood to their schools and homes. Without forgetting the injustices of the past, Patricia always aimed to bring back together the heavily divided Argentine Society.
Category: Outstanding Peace Education
Rowad American College Cairo
Represented by Principal Mrs. Sherine el Adly, Egypt
Rowad American College is an outstanding Center for Peace Education. Its staff and students have actively involved hundreds of schools globally in their Peace Programs. Students have traveled to many countries as Peace Ambassadors over the past few years, representing the open-minded spirits and hope of the Youth of Egypt of today.
Manchester International School Cairo
Represented by Mrs. Sabrina Ciccillo, Egypt
Manchester International School has been the most generous host of the 1st Youth World Peace Forum in Cairo in April and May 2015. Every single member of the administrative and educational teams, as well as the entire student body, have worked extremely hard to welcome over 800 guests from around the world for this unique global Peace Gathering.
Category: Outstanding Peace NGOs
New Humanity, Focolare Movement
Cecilia Landucci, Representative of New Humanity, Italy
New Humanity for a united world is active through thousands of volunteers in over 100 countries. We recognize New Humanity’s global efforts for peacebuilding and peace promotion through programs such as the ‘Living Peace Festivals’ and for taking the peace message into institutions, partnering with UNESCO, the EU and similar.
Founder / Creative Director Mr. Ilco van der Linde, The Netherlands and
Founder / CEO Mr. Mohamed Helmy, Egypt
MasterPeace aims at turning 200,000 of youth by 2020 into active peacemakers – calling them ‘Nelsons’ – by awakening their talents and creativity, and inspiring each one to turn into promoters and messengers of peace. Within four years, they already work in 45 countries – including many conflict areas – where they use music, art and dialogue to prevent newly armed. We recognize the efforts to open up minds and to enhance people from all walks of life to start acting for peace.
Category: Outstanding Public Peace Efforts
City of Baia Mare, Romania
Mayor Mr. Catalin Chereches, Romania
The City of Baia Mare was the host of this year’s 9th World Peace Forum in May 2015. Delegates who had come from all continents were received by the citizens of Baia Mare, its impressive NGO community as well as the City Government with wide open arms. From here the Baia Mare Protocol is making its way to the desks of all world leaders and the City of Baia Mare has committed to building a Peace Center.
The President of the World Peace Forum, Mr. Dominicus Rohde, expressed his pride to award this year’s laureates:
“We are honored to recognize this year seven innovative peacemakers from five different countries and three different continents. Their works are more relevant than ever, since worldwide displacement hits all-time high with 59,5 million people, according to UNHCR, as war and persecution increase in many parts of our world.”
Our focus is to give peacebuilders a platform and through the award we create a moment to celebrate their efforts and drive more actions for the future.
The award comes in alignment with the efforts of the Schengen Peace Foundation, founded in 2005, and approved in 2007 by His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri, as a Peace-Think-Tank, towards supporting peace-building key players and promoting peace and conflict resolution.
In the ‘Spirit of Schengen’ of a world without borders, the Schengen Peace Foundation initiated the World Peace Forum, a global platform for peace activists and peace initiatives. The annual conference of the World Peace Forum connects peace activists from all around the world in order for them to meet, exchange ideas, and together achieve greater impact.
In 2011, the ‘Luxembourg Peace Prize’ was first introduced as an award to outstanding peace-makers. Every year the laureates are honored with a bronze medal, designed by Luxembourg artist Sophia Rein, depicting on one side the face of Nelson Mandela and on the other the view from Mandela’s prison cell window.