Awarding Australia’s international prize for peace

1c789c8e-539f-41f7-a800-4e979a79ebc5“Conversations in Peace” – be inspired by the world’s leading voices on peace, justice and nonviolence

This volume includes the groundbreaking Lectures of the first 14 recipients of the Sydney Peace Prize (1998-2011), including Nobel Laureates Muhammad Yunus and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former leader of Amnesty International Irene Khan, the Indian novelist Arundhati Roy, environmental scientist Dr. Vandana Shiva, indigenous leader Patrick Dodson, and the inimitable academic activist Professor Noam Chomsky.

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Peace with Justice

We advocate for peace with justice - recognising that to achieve true and lasting peace, we must, beyond ending war and violent conflict, address deep injustices and structural inequality.

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Why a “Sydney Peace Prize”?

By awarding an international prize for peace, Sydney recognises leading peace makers, celebrates their inspiring achievements and learns about peace, justice and nonviolence.

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Naomi Klein on The Lessons from Standing Rock

On 4 December, 2016, 2016 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Naomi Klein was at Standing Rock in North Dakota when news broke that an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline had been denied. Naomi wrote an article to report the joy and relief felt by the courageous water protectors, and also to stress that organisations and […]

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On 1 December, 2014 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Julian Burnside AO QC gave a stirring speech calling for Australia to uphold it’s climate responsibilities. The below is the full speech text, which can also be accessed here. I have long considered climate change the principal issue facing the world.  It is a first-order issue.  Refugees […]

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Captain Cook’s Climate: Naomi Klein’s 2016 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture (video and transcript)

Captain Cook’s Climate 2016 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture by Naomi Klein Delivered on 11 November 2016 at Sydney Town Hall Naomi Klein’s Lecture starts at 25:15 I would like to pay my respects to the elders both past and present of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation on whose land we gather […]

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Naomi Klein: “Donald Trump isn’t the end of the world, but climate change may be”

At the precise moment that Donald Trump was giving his acceptance speech live, I was in a room packed with a thousand people in Sydney, listening to Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang, a leading activist from the island state of Kiribati. All day I had been sending emails with the subject line “It’s the end of the world”. […]

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