The Sydney Peace Foundation awards Australia’s only international prize for peace – the Sydney Peace Prize.
The Sydney Peace Prize, a $50,000 prize and a hand-made glass trophy crafted by the Australian artist Brian Hirst, is awarded to an organization or an individual whose life and work has demonstrated significant contributions to:
- The achievement of peace with justice locally, nationally or internationally
- The promotion and attainment of human rights
- The philosophy, language and practice of non violence
A purpose of the Sydney Peace Foundation is to promote a cosmopolitan view of peace with justice. For example, a Peace Prize nominee may be considered worthy because he or she has worked for human rights in relation to education, social welfare and health issues within their own community. They may have received little public recognition for such work.
We have not sought candidates with impeccable records, as efforts for peace and human rights are often controversial. Neither have we regarded a Peace Prize recipient as someone whose claims on a prize must be associated with a specific event, such as a ceasefire in hostilities or the signing of a peace treaty.
Read more on the Sydeny Peace Prize nomination process.
Over the last fifteen years, the award of this prize has brought the Foundation international praise and recognition. The Australian media’s interest in the Foundation’s events is evident from the massive coverage by almost very radio, television and newsprint outlet.
See full list of Sydney Peace Prize recipients and their biographies