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About us

The mission of the Public Peace Prize is to foster greater recognition for peacemakers and peace initiatives around the world by the general public: on local, national and international levels.

The aim of this “people’s” prize is to be participatory, collaborative and inspirational. The public sends in nominations, then votes to choose the laureates according to the proposed categories. The online nomination and voting processes allow for transparency.

The Public Peace Prize remains a completely unconditional prize, non-subsidized and non-sponsored prize, run simply by volunteer citizens of the world, with the goal of fostering recognition of peacemakers and peace initiatives beyond the boundaries of culture, religion, and social affiliations!

All non-profit organizations can become partners of the prize by associating with the team to help make the prize better known through their own networks.

Any individual or NGO who supports the peace process can become a partner of the prize by joining the team of volunteers and helping make the prize known within their own networks.


This initiative emerged from the online event 24 Hours for World Peace in 2013-2014, to celebrate the World Day of Peace. Its production is made possible by professional and volunteer work, and supported by institutional partners and community organizations including Les Antennes de la paix, who share the mission of the Prize and contribute to its public radiance.

The laureates for the first Public Peace Prize were chosen from among 28 candidates proposed by the public through an electronic voting mode according three categories:

In the category of Internationally-reputed Peacemaker: Amazonian Chief Raoni, and Palestinian doctorIzzeldin Abuelaish.

In the category Emerging Peacemaker: Canadian builder of “Peace Bridges” Marie-Marcelle Desmarais.

In the category Local Peacemakers, the people’s choice attributed the Price to Down Syndrome Person.

Afterward, the PPP became an autonomous entity with its own site. This was done in order to eliminate any constraint in the awarding of the prize. It was also decided to favor a process of support with a more human dimension, one that would be less competitive, based on qualitative appreciation by the public and not just the number of electronic votes. As it is now, the supportive letters and commentaries have become the main instrument of “voting.”  See page

The method of evaluation takes into consideration public support and several elements counterbalanced according to the impact of the actions of the nominated person or group and their influence on a local, national or international scale. Every year the jury establishes the prize categories that are best adjusted to the nominations received.

In order to ensure the visibility of all participants in the most unbiased and egalitarian way possible, the peacemakers, projects and initiatives are classified according to a proportional table that takes into account the category, the context, and the degree of notoriety they already possess. Therefore a local peacemaker who is little known but proportionally supported by the public will have as good a chance to be highlighted in his or her category as an international personality who already has a large support network. A dozen distinct categories were created to make the Public Peace Prize as egalitarian and as representative as the many peace processes brought forward.

Laureates of the 2015 Edition emerged from a dozen of finalists recommended by the public.

In the category of Internationally-reputed Peacemaker: Dr. Vasanth Vijajji Maharaj, spiritual leader, adored by crowds in his native India, moves followers with his message of harmony, unity and brotherly love for reconciliation and peace.

In the category Emerging Peacemaker: Philippe Ducros, photographer, author and playwright from Quebec, Canada, connected to people in conflict and their aspirations for peace.

In the category Local Peacemakers, the people’s choice attributed the Price to Michel Englebert, from Belgium, who created a community home for handicapped adults where they can live and grow in spite of their differences with the loving support they need.

In the category of Peaceweaver: Mabel Katz, Born in Argentina and living in Los Angeles, Mabel Katz is an author and speaker who teaches a Hawaiian spiritual practice that delivers a message of hope that has touched thousands of people: peace begins with me….

In the category of Solidarity Peace Group: IBAKWE group, association who work with genocide survivors in Rwanda.

The 2015 edition of the Public Peace Prize made a considerable impact. The most extraordinary part is that even if the Public Peace Prize does not offer prize money, it is very valuable, not only because it is the only peace prize who’s laureates are chosen by the public, but in particular because it makes better known, around the world, peacemakers who may otherwise remain little known except in their own respective networks. More than 20,000 new visitors from 20 different countries discovered the website during the nomination period. Even more impressive: the public offered 143 633 supportive actions to the 2015 Public Peace Prize candidates, through 132 814 profile views, 6700 “Likes” and 4119 encouraging comments!

As in 2015, the 2016 edition of the PPP has once more, sponsored “24 hours for peace in the world,” on January 1. It was prepared by “24 days for peace” in a period during which the public was invited to make known initiatives for peace whether or not they were linked to a known personality.

Our hope is that by learning more about the inspiring people who are peacemakers and their initiatives, the steps required to create lasting and sustainable peace around the world will become more accessible, attainable and contagious for all!

Our Communication Partners


L’Arche International

L’Association Jean Vanier

ATD  ATD Quart Monde

IPB  International Peace Bureau de la Paix – Geneva

Colectivo de pensamiento y acción Mujeres paz y seguritas – Colombia

GNRC   Global Network of Religions for Children – Africa Youth Ministries

FLI  Faith and Light international

IFHIM  Institut de Formation Humaine Intégrale de Montréal, à vocation internationale

IYAF  International Youth Advocacy Foundation, USA

INTRAPAZ   Instituto de transformación de conflictos para la construcción de la paz – Guatemala

JUSTAPAZ   Asociación Menonita para Justicia, Paz y Acción Noviolenta – Colombia

OPCS   L’organisation pour la Paix et la Cohésion Sociale, Côte d’Ivoire

PCI    Pax Christi International

RestorationMinistries, PresbyterianChurch, Ireland

SICSAL  Servicio internacional cristiano de solidaridad con les pueblos de América Latina –   Nicaragua y El Salvador

YAP   Youth Advocate Program, Inc., USA


Antennes de paix

APLP    Artistes pour la paix, Québec

L’Arche Canada

AAQ    Association des Arches du Québec

Balad Cooperative

CÉBL   Centre Étudiant Benoît-Lacroix

CCM    Centre Culturel Chrétien

CFS     Carrefour foi et spiritualité

CATHII    Comité d’action contre la traite humaine interne et internationale

CCCM     Centre culturel chrétien de Montréal

CSTR     Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières

CRC      Conférence religieuse canadienne et une dizaine d’Instituts membres

École des Ursulines de Québec

Faith Blender

Forum André-Naud


Montreal Archdiocese Youth Ministry, and Justice and Peace Office

La Maison de l’Amitié / House of Friendship – Montreal

Le dépanneur Sylvestre, Gatineau

Paroisse Saint-Ambroise de la Jeune-Lorette

RPP     Religions for Peace Quebec-Canada

CND Communication Services, and volunteers for translation

Diocesan Communication Services, Province of Quebec

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