Ms. Jacqueline Cabasso, who serves as the North American coordinator of Mayors for Peace, was awarded the 2008 Sean MacBride Peace Prize.
Every year the prize is awarded to a person or organization that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights issues. It is given by the International Peace Bureau (IPB), one of the most prestigeous NGOs dedicated to peace and 1910 Nobel Peace Laureate. Mayors for Peace also won the Sean MacBride Peace Prize in 2006.
This year, Cabasso was awarded the prize for her years of outstanding work with NGOs and initiatives toward peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Born in 1952, Cabasso currently resides in Oakland, California. Since 1984, she has worked hard for nuclear disarmament serving as Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF). Since 1994, she has participated as an accredited non-governmental organization representative in numerous negotiations and review sessions of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). She has been active with the World Court Project that led to the historic 1996 advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice which deemed the use of nuclear weapons illegal. She was a “founding mother” of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, the largest anti-nuclear weapon network in the world, and she continues to serve on its Coordinating Committee. She has supported and cooperated with our 2020 Vision Campaign since 2004 and since August of 2007, has served as the North American coordinator of Mayors for Peace, managing our activities in North America along with the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibitions that are held all over the US.
[International Peace Bureau (IPB)]
IPB is an international NGO, established in 1891, aiming to promote the vision of a World Without War. Its headquarters are in Geneva and it received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910. Currently, IPB ‘s main programs focus on Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development and are promoted in 70 countries around the world.
[Sean MacBride Peace Prize]
The Prize was established in 1992, celebrating IPB’s centennial year and commemorating Mr. MacBride, a distinguished Irish statesman and the winner of the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize, who also served as Chairman (1968-74) and President (1974-85) of IPB. The Prize is given to a person or organization that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights.