Hiroshima’s Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, for his service as president of Mayors for Peace and his contributions to nonviolent social change and the building of genuine world peace, was given the 2005 Global Peace Award at the 7th Global Nonviolence Conference held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The award ceremony took place on April 17 (Tue), 2005.
The Global Nonviolence Conference was founded in 1998 under the leadership of Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. (Chairman, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, University of Rhode Island) and the Honorable Andrew Young (former US Ambassador to the UN), both of whom worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and were central figures in the US civil rights movement. The conference has been held annually since in the US, South Africa, Columbia, and elsewhere. Most conference members serve as faculty in colleges or peace institutes in the US, Central/South America, and Africa; they work to manifest the philosophy of nonviolence taught by Dr. King.
The Global Peace Award is presented to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to world peace, and, including Mayor Akiba, there were 13 peace activists, educators and other recipients this year.
- （１） When
April 16 (Sat) to 21 (Thurs), 2005
- （２） Where
Detroit, Michigan, USA2. 7th Global Nonviolence Conference
- （３） Theme
Creating a Culture of Peace, Nonviolence and Prosperity: A Call to Transformative Choice and
- （４） Content
In addition to the Global Peace Award ceremony, the conference explored ways to promote
nonviolence and world peace through lectures, working group meetings, and a concert.