Indira Gandhi Peace Prize: List of Awardees

An English Broadcaster and a natural historian is awarded Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2019 by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 7 September, 2020 at a virtual event. Sonia Gandhi, Congress President was also present in the virtual event. She told about David Attenborough that he is one of Nature’s “most Staunch conscience keepers” for over half a century.

She further said in a speech that “We all know David through his prodigious creativity in educating the humankind with brilliant films and books about the natural world. And he has, of late, been the most sensible voice warning us that we, more than anything else, are responsible for the accelerating threat to the environment on our planet.”

She also stated that “When environmental protection has become all the more imperative, when climate change and continued loss of biodiversity is threatening livelihoods and public health, indeed life on earth, there could not have been a more appropriate choice for an award in her name than Sir David Attenborough.”

David Attenborough while accepting the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2019 said: “We have to change from being nationalists to being international.”

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Facts about Indira Gandhi Peace Prize Award

The Prestigious award is also known as Indira Gandhi Prize or Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development. It is accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. It is presented to individuals or organisations to recognise their creative efforts towards promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order. It is also awarded to ensuring that scientific discoveries are used for the larger goods of humanity and growing or enlarging the scope of freedom. The prize carries a citation and monetary award of Rs. 25 lakh.

List of the awardees of Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Name of Awardees

Year

About the Awardees

Parliamentarians for Global Action 1986
Mikhail Gorbachev 1987 Former Soviet Union Leader
Gro Harlem Brundtland 1988 Former Prime Minister of Norway
UNICEF 1989
Sam Nujoma 1990 First President of Namibia
Rajiv Gandhi 1991 Former Prime Minister of India
Saburo Okita 1992 Japanese Economist
Vaclav Havel 1993 First President of the Czech Republic
Trevor Huddleston 1994 Anti-Apartheid Activist
Olusegun Obasanjo 1995 12th President of Nigeria
Medecins Sans Frontieres 1996 Voluntary Organisation
Jimmy Carter 1997 39th President of the United States
Muhammad Yunus 1998 Founder of Grameen Bank
MS Swaminathan 1999 Indian Agricultural Scientist
Mary Robinson 2000 7th President of Ireland
Sadako Ogata 2001 Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Shridath Ramphal 2002 2nd Commonwealth Secretary-General
Kofi Annan 2003 7th United Nations Secretary-General
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn 2004 Princess of Thailand
Hamid Karzai 2005 12th President of Afghanistan
Wangari Maathai 2006 Environmental and Political activist
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2007
Mohamed ElBaradei 2008 Former Director-General of the IAEA
Sheikh Hasina 2009 Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 2010 Ex-President of Brazil
Ela Bhatt 2011 Founder of SEWA
 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 2012 President of Liberia
Angel Merkel 2013 Chancellor of Germany
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) 2014
UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC) 2015
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 2017 Former Prime Minister of India
Centre for Science and Environment 2018
David Attenborough 2019

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