TOKYO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the
30th Niwano Peace Prize to The Right Reverend Dr. Gunnar Stalsett,
Bishop Emeritus of Oslo in the Church of Norway, in recognition of his
extraordinary and persistent work for peace.
An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on May 16. In
addition to an award certificate, Bishop Stalsett will receive a medal
and 20 million yen.
His life and career truly exemplify what is needed and what can be done
to bring about lasting and just peace, and what religious ideas and
inter-religious institutions can contribute. Bishop Stalsett witnessed
both poverty and ethnic discrimination in his childhood. His early
career combined theological studies, pastoral work, political action
and work on health. As Secretary General of the Lutheran World
Federation and Bishop of Oslo, he gained experience and respect in a
variety of worlds and disciplines.
In selecting Bishop Stalsett as an awardee for 2013, the Peace Prize
Committee said he is "a tireless worker for peace" involved in a host
of conflict situations around the globe over many years. The committee
also commended "his solid and incessant commitment to peace in concrete
mediation activities in various parts of the world." Bishop Stalsett
"has proved himself a determined, highly effective and creative peace
builder," achieving "important, durable results that have affected
millions of people," it added.
Niwano Peace Prize:
The Niwano Peace Prize was established in 1983 to honor and encourage
individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to
inter-religious understanding and cooperation, thereby furthering the
cause of world peace. To avoid undue emphasis on any particular
religion or region, nominations are solicited from some 600 people and
organizations, representing 125 countries. The prize is named in honor
of the founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organization
Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano.
Niwano Peace Foundation:
The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the
realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace.
The foundation promotes research and other activities based on a
religious spirit, and serves the cause of peace in such fields as
education, science, religion and philosophy.
SOURCE: Niwano Peace Foundation
For further information:
(Mr.) Tadashi Takatani
Niwano Peace Foundation