The Niwano Peace Foundation, affiliated with Rissho Kosei-kai, was established in December 1978 to commemorate Rissho Kosei-kai's 40th anniversary to stimulate work and research for world peace in a religious spirit and involving contemporary thought, culture, science, education, and related fields. Since 1979 the foundation has annually presented grants to assistance activities and research projects that are based on a religious spirit.
Since 1983 the foundation has awarded the Niwano Peace Prize to honor distinguished individuals or groups that contribute to world peace through interreligious dialogue, disarmament, defense of human rights, and conflict resolution
The Niwano Peace Prize is awarded annually on the basis of recommendations by over 1,000 leading figures in 125 countries, which are considered with strict impartiality by the Niwano Peace Prize Committee.
26th Niwano Peace Prize Recipient, 2009
Reverend Canon Gideon Baguma Byamugisha
Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, a Ugandan Anglican priest born in 1959, learned in 1991 that he was HIV positive. He was the first African priest to declare, publicly, that he himself was HIV positive, breaking one of the most important barriers in the struggle against HIV, that of stigma-induced silence. He is Canon of two cathedrals, one in Uganda and one in Zambia. He has helped to raise public awareness about the disease in a way that has brought distinction to religious and cultural communities in his own country, Uganda, across the African continent, and on a global level.
Since 1983, the prize has been awarded annually to the deserving individuals and groups: past Niwano Peace recipients.
To learn more, visit the Niwano Peace Foundation Website.