On Friday 17 June 2022, peace activists from around the world will gather for the 10th Annual Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony at the historic Schuman Building; the ceremony will also be streamed online.
For the tenth year, the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum will be awarding the prestigious Luxembourg Peace Prize to outstanding peacemakers and activists. The award comes in alignment with the efforts of the Schengen Peace Foundation, founded in 2005 and approved in 2007 by His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, as a Peace---Think---Tank, supporting peace building. In 2012, the Luxembourg Peace Prize was first introduced as an award to outstanding peacemakers.
This year's distinguished peacemakers represent a diverse mix of activists, educators, leaders, and artists from all corners of the globe in some thirteen categories.
Luxembourg Peace Prize Laureates of 2022
- OUTSTANDING PEACE ACTIVIST: Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the Toda Peace Institute in Japan. Professor Clements has a lifelong commitment to peace, having worked in the area for over 50 years. He is an expert on academic analysis and practice in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict resolution and has been a regular consultant to a variety of non-governmental, governmental and intergovernmental organisations on conflict resolution, peacebuilding, disarmament and arms control and human security issues. He received the Soka University, Distinguished Scholar Award for Peace 1996, the UNAA Peace Award in 2007, the New Zealand Peace Foundations 2014 Peace Award and was made an Honorary Life Member of the NZ Peace Foundation in 2020. He was awarded the International Studies’s Association Distinguished Peace Scholar of the Year Award 2022.
- OUTSTANDING PEACE ACTIVIST: Aminatou Haidar, President of the Sahrawi Instance Against Moroccan Occupation (ISACOM). Ms Haidar is a prominent figure in the ongoing nonviolent resistance movement in Western Sahara in support of human rights. Her nonviolent resistance activities are rooted in the broad-based democratic independence. Despite continued disappearances, killings, beatings and torture, she has continued to advocate nonviolent action. Ms Haidar has also raised awareness internationally to advocate for the Sahrawi people's right to self-determination. Her efforts have received international recognition. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award. She was also the recipient of the 2006 Juan Maria Bandres Human Rights Award in Spain, the 2007 Silver Rose Award in Austria, the 2011 René Cassin Prize of Pais Basco, the 2019 Right Livelihood Foundation Human Rights Award in Sweden and the Santa Lucia Prize in Italy. She has been a multiple nominee for the Sakharov Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize. In late 2009, Ms Haidar received the Civil Courage Award from the Train Foundation in New York.
- OUTSTANDING PEACE EDUCATION: Gaia Education, an international NGO and a leading-edge provider of education for sustainable development. Their ethos is that education is the biggest tool in fighting for a more regenerative future and reversing the climate crisis. They focus on supporting indigenous and migrant communities, preserving their traditions and helping them survive in a rapidly changing world. They also empower these communities and their students to design an alternative future and see the interconnectedness of life, sharing knowledge and skills needed to create resilient and regenerative communities.
- OUTSTANDING PEACE EFFORTS: Peace Barcelona 2025, an organisation that offers support for peacebuilding and is directly involved in supporting the peace process, especially for The Walk-Path to Peace, an international project which aims to promote peace and strengthen cultural policies.
- OUTSTANDING PEACE TECHNOLOGY: Frances Haugen, a data scientist and algorithmic engineer, who worked previously for Facebook, now known as Meta. In 2017, Ms Haugen raised concerns that social media algorithms fuel violence. Since 2021, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness, assist and support policy-makers grappling with issues of how to change the incentive system that has led to problematic priorities. She has committed herself to the cause of stopping social media from profiting through the promotion of hatred, misinformation campaigns and manipulating vulnerable populations to obsess on the worst of human thoughts and emotions. Ms Haugen has worked with and continues to dedicate her life to supporting regulators, oversight agencies, investigative journalists, civil society groups, think tanks, human rights organisations, governments and survivors in navigating this minefield.
- OUTSTANDING YOUTH PEACEMAKER: Nicolas Maggi Berrueta, a young violinist from a poor family who inspired the creation of the Miguel de Cervantes Conservatory in Uruguay. Mr Maggi Berrueta was nominated First Uruguayan Youth Ambassador for Peace and Life in Ecuador and Estrella del Sur Award, in Montevideo Uruguay. In 2020, the Universal Circle of Ambassadors of Peace (France-Switzerland) appointed him Young Ambassador of Peace. In 2021, he received the International Ibero-American Prize for the Trajectory "El Nevado Solidario de Oro" by the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Chaco in Argentina. In the same year, he became an active member of Living Peace International. On 21 September 2021 (World Peace Day), his dream to create a music conservatory in Uruguay for children who do not have the economic resources to travel to Montevideo and cannot afford expensive music courses came true, with the inauguration of the Miguel de Cervantes Conservatory. Since then, 30 children with limited economic resources have studied at the conservatory.
- OUTSTANDING PEACE SUPPORT: Dominicus Rohde, the late founder and President of the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum to educate and connect peace builders for generations to come. Mr Rohde's qualities of joyfulness, vision and networking created a springboard for many projects around the globe. The three initiatives of the Schengen Peace Foundation are the World Peace Forum, Youth World Peace Forum and the Luxembourg Peace Prize. Dominicus Rohde passed away in early 2022.
- OUTSTANDING INNER PEACE: Professor Scherto Gill, Professor of Research and Director of Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David. Professor Gill directs the UNESCO Initiative on Collective Healing, Social Justice and Global Well-Being. She is also Senior Fellow at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, a board member of Spirit of Humanity Forum and a Trustee of Rising Global Peace Forum. She is on the editorial board of a number of journals, including International Journal for the Study of Spirituality. As a researcher, her interests centre on understanding peace, human wellbeing and global flourishing as dynamic processes. She has published extensively in the fields of education, wellbeing and peace.
- OUTSTANDING SPORTS FOR PEACE: FC Barcelona Foundation, a pioneering and leading agency both within Spain and worldwide in its strong advocacy of the power of sport to promote social inclusion, justice, development and peace. The work and methodology of the foundation, formed in 1994, is guided by a set of values intended to define the ethos of the club and its members: humility, effort, ambition, respect and teamwork. With this value-led approach, the foundation has worked for over 26 years using sport for social transformation and change, and to enhance the development and wellbeing of the most vulnerable children and young people. Under its new Director, Marta Segú, the foundation is exploring new and innovative approaches to conflict resolution, prevention of violence and peacebuilding.
Registration for the 2022 Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony is available online at www.LuxembourgPeacePrize.org