Established in 2000, the Goi Peace Award is an international award presented annually to honor individuals and organizations in various fields that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world as envisioned in the Declaration for All Life on Earth. They are selected not only in recognition of their past achievements, but for their ongoing contribution to building a better future.

The Goi Peace Award is usually presented at a ceremony during the annual Goi Peace Foundation Forum in Tokyo, where the laureate takes center stage to deliver a commemorative address and receive a medal and a diploma together with a monetary prize.

In addition to this annual award, the Culture of Peace Special Award is presented occasionally to honor individuals and organizations in various fields that have notably contributed to spreading and fostering a Culture of Peace around the world.

Goi Peace Award Laureates

(Attributes are as of the year of the award)

2016Goi Peace Award

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Hafsat Abiola-Costello

Pro-democracy activist, Political representative (Nigeria)

In recognition of her unwavering commitment to advance women’s rights and leadership and pave the way for true democracy in Africa.

2015Goi Peace Award

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Lynne Twist

Social activist, Fundraiser (United States)

In recognition of her lifelong commitment to empower humanity in creating a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all.

2014Goi Peace Award

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Kazuo Inamori

Business leader (Japan)

For his contribution towards building an economy and society based on new ethics, by setting an example with his ethical and visionary management philosophy.

2013Goi Peace Award

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Silsilah Dialogue Movement

Grassroots initiative (Philippines)

In recognition of its many years of commitment to promote dialogue for peace and solidarity among Muslims and Christians in the Philippines.

2012Goi Peace Award

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Helena Norberg-Hodge

Author, Filmmaker (Sweden)

In recognition of her lifelong commitment to empower humanity in creating a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all.

2011Goi Peace Award

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Bill Strickland

Social innovator, Community leader (United States)

For his commitment and innovative social work to help the underserved population transform their lives.

2010Goi Peace Award

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Deepak Chopra

Pioneer in mind-body medicine, Author (United States)

For his visionary leadership in promoting global peace and well being through personal transformation.

2009Goi Peace Award

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Bruce Lipton

Cell biologist (United States)

For his pioneering work in the field of new biology, which has contributed to a greater understanding of life and empowered many people to take control of their own lives.

2008Goi Peace Award

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Bill Gates

Philanthropist (United States)

For his visionary leadership to help create a more equitable world through philanthropy.

2007Goi Peace Award

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Bill Drayton

Social entrepreneur (United States)

For his pioneering work to support social entrepreneurs and thereby paving the way for a truly innovative citizen sector to emerge around the world.

2006Goi Peace Award

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Duane Elgin

Futurist, Educator (United States)

For promoting a new vision, consciousness and lifestyle that fosters a more sustainable and spiritual culture.

2005Goi Peace Award

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Lester Brown

Environmentalist (United States)

For promoting global environmental awareness and a sustainable and equitable world through many years of research, analysis and advocacy.

2004Goi Peace Award

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Oscar Arias Sánchez

Statesman (Costa Rica)

For his tireless efforts to promote global peace, democracy and human progress.

2003Goi Peace Award

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Robert Muller

Educator (France)

In recognition of his life’s work for world peace as a visionary leader and educator.

2002Goi Peace Award

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Takeshi Umehara

Philosopher (Japan)

For revealing timeless wisdom for a harmonious future through his unique and comprehensive study of Japanese culture.

2001Goi Peace Award

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Ervin Laszlo

Systems philosopher (Hungary)

For promoting planetary consciousness for a new and sustainable civilization based on his extraordinary insights and vision.

2000Goi Peace Award

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James Lovelock

Scientist (United Kingdom)

For contributing to changing people’s awareness of the Earth and inspiring the global environmental movement through the “Gaia Theory.

Culture of Peace Special Award Laureates

(Attributes are as of the year of the award)

2016Culture of Peace Special Award

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Nursultan Nazarbayev

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

For his leadership in promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and for his initiative to foster peace and unity through interfaith dialogue and inter-cultural ties.

2013Culture of Peace Special Award

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José Antonio Abreu

Musician, Conductor (Venezuela)

In recognition of his extraordinary achievement in transforming the lives of young people through music.

2005Culture of Peace Special Award

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Mikhail Gorbachev

Former President of the Soviet Union (Russia)

For promoting new thinking and values for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world order.

2003Culture of Peace Special Award

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Genshitsu Sen

Former Grand Tea Master of Urasenke (Japan)

In recognition of his contribution to international cultural exchange and goodwill through the Way of Tea.

2000Culture of Peace Special Award

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Foundation for Cultural Heritage

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In recognition of their contribution to world peace through preservation and restoration of world cultural heritage and assets around the globe including sites in conflict areas.

Selection Process

Candidates for the Goi Peace Award are nominated by nominators, who have been selected by the Goi Peace Foundation from among recognized experts in various fields. The selection committee, elected by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, selects the laureate fairly and impartially from among the nominated candidates.

Selection Committee

Chairman
  • Teiichi Sato
    Honorary Executive Director, Tokyo National Museum
    Former Ambassador of Japan to UNESCO
Members
  • Yasushi Akashi
    Chairman, International House of Japan
    Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Akito Arima
    Physicist
    Chairman, Japan Science Foundation
    Former Minister of Education, Japan
  • Tomonobu Imamichi
    Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo
  • Tadateru Konoe
    President of Japanese Red Cross Society
  • Kazuo Murakami
    Emeritus Professor of the University of Tsukuba
    Director of the Foundation for Advancement of International Science
  • Masami Saionji
    Chairperson, The Goi Peace Foundation
  • Hiroshi Tasaka
    Professor at the Graduate School of Tama University
    President of Think Tank SophiaBank