The 2017 edition of the Public Peace Prize is officially launched!


It’s time to offer your support to peacemakers and peace initiatives around the world!

The Public Peace Prize is the only peace award in the world for which the candidates are proposed, nominated and supported simply by citizens of the world. This mark of recognition allows everyone to offer their appreciation for initiatives and for people, known or unknown, who are working for reconciliation, non-violence and mutual aid.

The period of public support, during which it will be possible to encourage and make better known the peacemakers and peace initiatives, runs from Monday January 9th to Friday, January 20th 2017.

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and invite your friends to participate!


Excerpts from peace messages from 2016 Public Peace Prize Laureates

ppp-2016-0004“We are all subjected to unquestionable assumptions that rest security in higher walls and stronger fences, more sophisticated weapons, bigger prisons and fear of the “other.” But we who would be peacemakers are called to define security in a different way – as freedom from want, freedom from fear, solidarity and community. We are called to commit our lives to active nonviolence; to live simply; to act with courage for social justice.”

Marie Dennis


ppp-2016-0008“A key element in peace making is the full acknowledgment of how people have been wronged, and the opportunity to be heard. To break the chain that turns victims into victimisers, there needs to be safe and sacred spaces where people have permission to express how they feel about what happened to them and begin to detoxify. Dealing with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of the past are equally as important components of peace building as political, economic and social.” transformation.

Michael Lapsley


ppp-2016-0010“I was a child soldier.  I learned to see the other as an enemy and in order to survive and defend my own; I picked up a machine gun and bombs.  After that, I wanted to change the Earth for I had understood how we are manipulated to be at war.  Life brought me to the discovery that wars are being waged inside of us.  My work for peace is to bring each one of us to pause, and allow ourselves to see within ourselves the difference we can make today, to be at peace and to live in peace.”

Antoinette Layoun


ppp-2016-0006“When it comes to peace I think the most important thing for me is to have people come together to celebrate life together as one.  I also think that it is time that people look beyond our differences not only to respect each other but to make sure that every human being has equal opportunity.  One of the things I try to put into practice is to live my life with a conscious mind, because I believe that peace itself starts from home and I think that it is everyone’s obligation to be part of the process.”

Narine Dat Sookram


Read the peace messages from 2016 Public Peace Prize Laureates

Mensajes de Paz de Los Laureados del Premio del Público por la Paz, edición 2016

The Public Peace Prize at the Montreal World Social Forum!!!


Visit the kiosk of the Public Peace Prize
At the World Social Forum!!!

August 10 -11 – 12, 2016
UQAM – Pavillon SH 201, President Kennedy Avenue


Join the round-table discussion on promoting peace initiatives and peacemakers,Friday, August 12, 1 PM at the World Social Forum
McGill University, Pavillon Bronfman, (Local OO2),
1001, Sherbrooke West

The Round Table (in French) will bring together several contributors:

  • Anne Beaumier, instigator and President of the Festival de la paix à Victoriaville created in 2009
  • Adriana Eslava, from the Columbian Amazon, Coordinator of Réseau Outils de paix.
  • Elana Wright, Program Officer, Advocacy and Research at Développement et Paix
  • Colette Coughlin, Public relations for the Public Peace Prize
  • Guy Demers, Sociologist, artist and sociocultural mediator, member of Artists for Peace and the international movement ATD Quart Monde
  • Ferdinand Djayerombe Vaweka, native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and president of Antennes de paix – Pax Christi Montréal, working for human rights, social justice and the transformation of conflicts.

The starting question : How to make peace initiatives and peacemakers better known in a media culture centered on sensationalism, scandal and violence?

The Round Table is open, please participate!

 Offer your vote for peace!

It is time to nominate people or initiatives for the 2017 Public Peace Prize!

The Public Peace Prize is a citizens’ initiative without borders. Its sole goal is to make better known as many peacemakers and peace initiatives as possible.



¡¡¡El Premio del Público por la Paz estará presente en el Foro Social Mundial 2016 en Montreal!!!
Visite nuestro kiosco los días 10, 11 y 12 de agosto de 2016 en el Pabellón SH de la UQAM (segundo piso) ubicado en 201 Avenida Président-Kennedy.
Participe en nuestra mesa redonda que trata de la promoción de iniciativas y de artesanos de paz, el viernes 12 de agosto a la 1:00 de la tarde en el edificio Bronfman de la Universidad McGill (local 002), ubicado en 1001, calle Sherbrooke Ouest.
Es el tiempo de proponer el nombre de personas o iniciativas al Premio del Público por la Paz 2017, ¡ofrezca su voz a la paz!