Sunhak Peace Prize Winners: President Anote Tong (Republik of Kiribati) and Indian fisheries scientist M. V. Gupta
“The ‘OCEAN’ is essential to the future peace of humanity”
The Sunhak Peace Prize for the peace of humanity has focused on the ocean as its 2015 thematic focus.
In the 20th century, the causes threatening the peace of humanity were wars and conflicts between
regions. However, in the 21st century, the complex problems that threaten peace, such as climate change, the food crisis, energy depletion, water scarcity, population growth, urbanization, etc., are all
globally linked, and threaten the very survival of humanity. In particular, ‘climate change’ and the ‘food crisis’ are the greatest challenge to peace in the 21st century.
The ocean, covering 71% of the Earth, not only has an absolute ‘climate regulation function’ but also enormous ‘food and resources supply capabilities’. Thus, it is truly a treasure chest essential to peace and human development for future generations.
The first winners of the Sunhak Peace Prize were announced Monday June 8, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., by academics Thomas G. Walsh, chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation; Il-Sik Hong, chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee; and Man-Ho Kim, board member of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation.
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