Past City of Sydney Peace Prize Lectures

Conversations in Peace is a book containing the first 14 recipients of the Sydney Peace Prize (1998-2011). These include 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, Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson, and the inimitable academic activist Professor Noam Chomsky.

These inspiring individuals aspire to a future in which respect for human rights is universal and unchallenged. In highly creative ways they show how poverty can be eradicated, non-violence embraced, the rich and powerful persuaded that peace with justice is precious, and that violence of any kind is not only contrary to any notion of a common humanity, but also serves no purpose.

Chapters include:

  • 2011, Professor Noam Chomsky: Revolutionary Pacifcism: Choices and Prospects
  • 2010, Dr Vandana Shiva: Making Peace With the Earth
  • 2009, John Pilger: Breaking Australia’s Silence
  • 2008, Patrick DodsonIn Search of Change – Robed in Justice
  • 2007, Dr Hans Blix:The Globalization of Peace
  • 2006, Irene Khan: Making Tough Choices in a Tough World, Peace Security and Human Rights
  • 2005, Olara Otunnu: Ending Wars Against Children
  • 2004, Arundhati Roy: Peace, The New Corporate Liberation Theology
  • 2003, Dr Hanan Ashrawi: Peace in the Middle East, Humanitarian Imperative
  • 2002, Mary Robinson: Peace Through the Attainment of Human Rights
  • 2001, Sir William Deane: Justice for Indigenous People: The Peace Priority
  • 2000, Xanana Gusmão: Peace Building a Priority for East Timor
  • 1999, Archibishop Desmond Tutu: Reconciliation and Justice as the Road to Peace
  • 1998, Professor Muhammed Yunus: Peace is Freedom from Poverty

This volume not only pays homage to the wonderful recipients of the Sydney Peace Prize, Australia’s only international prize for peace, but also serves to honour Professor Stuart Rees, founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation and the Sydney Peace Prize. The book was edited by Lynda Ann Blanchard and Hannah Middleton, and launched in August 2015 by Dame Professor Marie Bashir.

Get your copy now!

Copies of Conversations in Peace are available for purchase online now! The individual price of the books is $30 and $25 for schools and students, and is also available as a set of ten for $200!

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Sydney Peace Foundation

Mackie Building K01

University of Sydney  NSW  2006

Copies are also available for purchase through the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies office – at the Mackie Building K01, University of Sydney – if you would prefer to pickup your copy in person. Please contact the office to confirm it will be attended prior to your visit: 02 9351 7686


Talks at other events

 2012 United Nations International Day of Peace, Opening Address by Matthew Tukaki, Australian Representative, United Nations Global Compact.

To mark 2012 UN International Day of Peace, the Sydney Peace Foundation, with the support of the United Nations Office of Australia, hosted a breakfast forum “SUSTAINABLE PEACE for a SUSTAINABLE FUTURE” at Sydney’s Custom’s House. Matthew Tukaki, Australian representative to the UN Global Compact, current CEO of Sans Gov and former Head of Drake Australia gave the opening address.

Read Tukaki’s speech which made a compelling case for the increased role of big business in ensuring and promoting universal access to our inalienable human rights:
Matthew Tukaki_Global Compact_UN Peace Day _21 Sep 2012

Back to the Bases, by Richard Tanter

On Thursday 26th July, CPACS and SPF hosted a seminar with Professor Richard Tanter presenting on “The Militarising of Australian History”. This paper was published in Arena Magazine, April-May 2012. It is a 5-page feature article analysing the expansion of US forces in Australia, including the deployment of forces through Darwin, the increase use of Australian air bases by US aircraft: and more submarine visits to Australian ports; as well as the possibility of use of the Cocos Islands. Richard Tanter works with the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability. Read the article: Back to the Bases

Militarising Australian History, by Professor Marilyn Lake

This significant project – to identify the human cost of war – is enthusiastically supported by the Sydney Peace Foundation.

Read the fact sheet : Militarising_Australian_History_M-Lake

Pablo Picasso, Noam Chomsky and their friends: Inspirations for Peace

On Wednesday 8 February 2012, Stuart Rees, Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation gave the Art After Hours lecture at the Art Gallery of NSW.  Stuart’s lecture was titled, “Pablo Picasso, Noam Chomsky and their friends: Inspirations for Peace”.

Read the lecture : SPF_Picasso & Chomsky lecture

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, announces Noam Chomsky as 2011 Sydney Peace Prize Recipient

On Wednesday 1 June 2011, at a cocktail reception in the Sydney Town Hall, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, announced Professor Noam Chomsky as the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize Recipient.

Read Her Excellency’s moving tribute to the Sydney Peace Foundation and its choice of Prof Chomsky : Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Speech

Julian Assange Receives Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal, Frontline Club, London

On 10 May 2011, at London’s Frontline Club, Julian Assange was presented with the Sydney Peace Foundation’s Gold Medal for “exception courage in the pursuit of human rights”.

Read more on the Gold Medal award and the case for Julian Assange : Julian Assange Receives Gold Medal for Human Rights

Read Mary Kostakidis’ speech congratulating Julian Assange : Mary Kostakidis present Julian Assange with Gold Medal

Read Julian Assange’s acceptance speech : Julian Assange accepts SPF Gold Medal