First Gautama Buddha International Peace Award goes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki mayors

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

On January 14, the City of Hiroshima announced that Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue have jointly been given the first Gautama Buddha International Peace Award, a prize established by the government of Nepal.

The award is presented to individuals and institutions that have made a significant contribution to peace and non-violence. The Nepalese government explained that they chose to honor the mayors with the award in recognition of the leading role they played at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference held at U.N. Headquarters in New York in May 2010 and their efforts to advance the abolition of nuclear weapons through Mayors for Peace and other avenues.

The award ceremony will be held in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, on May 17. Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav is expected to bestow the award. The mayors will each receive a medal and 25,000 dollars. Commenting on the award, Mayor Akiba said, “I would like to accept the award on behalf of the people of both cities, including A-bomb survivors and Mayors for Peace.”

(Originally published on January 15, 2011)

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