Annan and Yuan Longping to share Confucius Peace Prize

2012-11-07 00:48:19 GMT2012-11-07 08:48:19(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
File photo: Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary generalFile photo: Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary general
File photo: Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan LongpingFile photo: Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping

Media coverage says former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan and Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping will share this year's Confucius Peace Prize, said its organiser, the China International Peace Studies Centre.

Annan was given the prize for "his enormous contribution to the reform and revival of the United Nations and bringing a new spark of vitality to the organisation during his time as its secretary general and as the UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria".

Yuan, known as the father of hybrid rice in China, won the award for "achieving a historic breakthrough in hybrid rice breeding and solving the problem of food safety for people today".

The chairman of the Confucius Peace Prize Committee, Qiao Damo, said the pair would share a very high prize in cash, but has not specified the amount.

"It'll be surprisingly high," he said the centre would also set up a foundation in Hong Kong, similar to the Nobel Foundation, to guarantee sustainable funding for the award.

Launched in 2010 by group of mainland academics, the first Confucius Peace Prize was awarded to the former Taiwanese Kuomintang chairman Lien Chan the same year, while the second one went to then Russian prime minister President Vladimir Putin in 2011.

Qiao said the Centre was determined to nurture the award as an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize, with a broader view of peace.

"The Confucius Peace Prize is designed to convey the Chinese view of peace and Oriental thoughts on peace to complement the Nobel Peace Prize as an award representing the Western perspective," he said.

 

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