Dr. Ervin Laszlo Receives the Goi Peace Award 2001
The second annual Goi Peace Award for the year 2001 was presented to Hungarian philosopher and scientist Professor Dr. Ervin Laszlo.
Dr. Laszlo, Founder and President of the Club of Budapest, is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. He has a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne and is the recipient of four honorary PhDs and other prizes and awards. Formerly Professor of Philosophy, Systems Science, and Futures Studies in various universities in the US, Europe, and the Far East, Laszlo is the author or editor of 69 books translated into as many as 19 languages. He has also worked as Program Director for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and as President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. Currently, in addition to designing and overseeing the global projects of the Club of Budapest, he serves as Founder-Director of the General Evolution Research Group, Administrator of the Interdisciplinary University of Paris and other positions.
The Club of Budapest, founded in 1993 by Dr. Laszlo, is an informal association of ethical, globally as well as locally active opinion leaders in various fields of art, science, religion, and culture, dedicated to our common future. Its members include the Dalai Lama, Vaclav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Peter Ustinov, Peter Gabriel, and young and creative people in many parts of the world. They place their names and energy into the service of what they consider the crucial mission of our time: catalyzing the emergence of adapted vision and values in society by evolving our individual and collective consciousness.
Dr. Laszlo was presented with the Goi Peace Award at a ceremony held in Tokyo on October 21, 2001. Recognition was given to his important contribution in promoting new consciousness for a new and sustainable civilization.
Dr. Laszlo accepted the award with the following speech:
I am deeply honored to receive the Goi Peace Award for the year 2001. I am very much aware that the aims and mission of the Goi Peace Foundation coincide with my own aims and the mission of the Club of Budapest which has been created precisely to advance these noble ideas.
I am very much aware also that today, as war in the world has entered a new phase, the message for peace is becoming more important than ever. I accept this award in all humility, also on behalf of my colleagues of the Club of Budapest worldwide, because I feel that there is a true continuity in your work, also in the giving of this award. As your own Declaration states, all life on earth is a part of a living entity. This is a contribution of your first laureate, Dr. James Lovelock. You then go on to say that the responsibility for each individual for peace is the crucial factor, that this consciousness today is more important than ever, because this is the key to peace in the world. This in turn is the thought and the ideal, that I have represented for many, many years and the ideal to which also the Club of Budapest is dedicated.
Therefore I accept this award in the hope that we can join forces and that we can move together toward a world where peace indeed can prevail over war, where solidarity and understanding can take the lead, where terror and violence will disappear and harmony could prevail.
Commemorative Address by Dr. Ervin Laszlo
Interview with Dr. Ervin Laszlo