Former President of the Soviet Union (Russia)
“For promoting new thinking and values for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world order.”
Mikhail Gorbachev is a former President of the Soviet Union and the recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize. During his leadership of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, Mr. Gorbachev brought about the fundamental transformation of the nation and society through his policy known as perestroika (restructuring), and played a prominent role in ending the Cold War. He is currently the President of the Gorbachev Foundation and the Chairman of Green Cross International, and continues to be a global voice for the environment and for a new, more equitable international order.