Award Winners


World Peace Prize is an initiative with stated intention to promote world peace and inter-religious understanding, awarded periodically to individuals considered to have contributed to the causes of world peace by preventing regional conflicts or world war; by settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; by humanity; by developing new inventions to minimize threats and confusions within mankind. The Prize's stated core spirit is of advancing peace and justice and inter-religious collaborations.The World Peace Prize is a parallel prize to the Nobel Peace Prize.

The following individuals/organizations have been nominated by the World Peace Prize Nomination Committee:

  • Miss Irom Chanu Sharmila


Irom Chanu Sharmila (born 14 March 1972),[1] also known as the "Iron Lady of Manipur" or "Mengoubi" ("the fair one") is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. On 2 November 2000, she began a hunger strike to remove the Arm Forces Special Power Act 1958 which is still ongoing. Having refused food and water for more than 500 weeks (14 years), she has been called "the world's longest hunger striker”. On International Women’s Day, 2014 she was voted the top woman icon of India by MSN Poll. Amnesty International has declared her a prisoner of conscience.

  • AmalRamzi Clooney


AmalRamzi Clooney, born AmalRamziAlamuddin, is a Lebanese-British barrister, human rights activist and philanthropist. A graduate of Oxford University and New York University School of Law, her long and accomplished career in the fields of international law and human rights have won her international acclaim. Her high-profile clients have included several nation-states, including the country of Armenia in its fight for recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government. AmalAlamuddin became engaged to and married American actor George Clooney in 2014, instantly becoming a household name in popular culture. Years before this, though, she was already well-known and respected in legal circles for consistently representing her clients with skill and success. The scope of her work ranges from tackling social justice and human rights issues to representing several multinational corporations in their negotiations and court actions regarding government regulation. As of 2015, she is a barrister—one type of legal representative in British courts—at London-based Doughty Street Chambers.

  • Achyuta Samanta


AchyutaSamanta (January 20, 1965), a Gusi Peace Laureate, is the founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS. His biggest contribution to the humanity is providing free accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from kindergarten to post-graduation with vocational training for 25,000 tribal children for last 23 years. He is also the founder of ‘Art of Giving’ which is celebrated every year on 17th May.

Tegla Loroupe


TeglaLoroupe (9 May 1973) is a Kenyan long-distance track and road runner. She was the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon and has held many world records – from 20km to the marathon. She now devotes much of her time to humanitarian and peace activities, through her TeglaLoroupe Peace Foundation

  • Angelina Jolie


Angelina Jolie (4 June, 1975) is an Oscar-winning actress, movie director, humanitarian and global celebrity. She rose to fame through her title role in the film “Lara Croft”. In recent years, she has moved into film production, acting as director, writer and producer. She serves in a capacity as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR. Jolie has been active as a UN Special envoy and has visited many war zones and spoken on humanitarian issues

  • Leonardo DiCaprio


As reflected by his Globe and Oscar speeches, LonardoDiCaprio (born in November 11, 1974)  has long demonstrated his passion for environmental issues. In 2000, he hosted an Earth Day celebration and interviewed former U.S. President Bill Clinton for a television segment about global warming. DiCaprio also wrote, narrated and produced The 11th Hour, an environmental documentary that was released in 2007.

The actor is one of the founders of The Leonardo DiCaprio Fund at California Community Foundation, a nonprofit that supports and brings awareness to numerous environmental causes. He's also served on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

  • MyintZaw


Facing heavy government scrutiny and restricted use of tools like email or social media launched a national movement that successfully stopped construction of the Myitsone Dam on Myanmar’s treasured Irrawaddy River. He is a 2015 Goldman Prize Recipient Asia


World Youth Prizeis giving every year for Excellence in Development Work. These awards recognizeTHE HIGHEST inspiring young people whose development work has had a significant impact on people and communities in their country or region.

We are looking for young people aged 06 to 29 years, whose development work demonstrates the World Program for Actions of Youth (WPAY) of the United Nations, to:

- Promote youth participation in decision making
- Promote economic empowerment of young people
- Take action for equality between young women and young men
- Promote peaceful and democratic environment in which human rights flourish
- Provide quality education for all
- Improve access to information and communication technology
- Promote health, development and values through sport and culture
- Engage young people to protect the environment.

 List of the name of the nominee are :

  • Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad (Egypt)


Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately – if they’re not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems, then they’re figuring out how to use the country’s plastic waste for fuel! Sixteen-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad has found that an inexpensive catalyst could be used to create $78 million worth of biofuel each year. Egypt’s plastic consumption is estimated to total one million tons per year, so Azza’s proposal could transform the country’s economy, allowing it to make money from recycled plastic.

  • Zhan Haite (China)


Most Chinese political activists are grizzled lawyers, scholars and artists, one-time insiders that have been cast loose. Zhan Haite doesn't fit the mould.

Last winter, Zhan, an ambitious 15-year-old middle-school student in Shanghai,became an unlikely crusader against the country's draconian residence registration system, the hukou, a bureaucratic knot tying hundreds of millions of migrant workers to their rural hometowns.

Although Zhan attended primary and middle school in Shanghai – she moved there with her family in 2002 – she lacked a local hukou, precluding her from taking the city's high school entrance examination. Zhan was told she had two options: attend a vocational school, or return to her ancestral village, where opportunities are scarce.

Instead, Zhan decided to speak out. She organised a protest in front of Shanghai's education bureau, and posted a flurry of dissenting messages online. At first, the backlash was severe. Her family was briefly evicted. Local authorities threw her father in jail.

Yet Zhan's message was well-timed – hukoureform had recently risen to the top of the national agenda – and state-run media outlets began to take notice. Zhan was allowed to pen an op-ed in the China Daily newspaper, which ran under the headline Teen Girl Makes Case for Change.

In an interview in December, Zhan listed her heroes as Martin Luther King, Aung San SuuKyi and Hu Shi, a prominent Chinese essayist who died in 1962. "Hu Shi once said that fighting for your rights is fighting for the nation's rights, and fighting for your freedom is fighting for the nation's freedom," she said. "A free and democratic country cannot be made up of slaves."

  • Rasia Khepra


College freshman RaSiaKhepra had always wanted to address the rampant violence plaguing his home city of Chicago – where more than 500 people were killed by guns in 2012 – but the death of his close friend is what motivated him to act.

Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was killed at random by a gunman on Chicago's South Side, a week after she performed at Barack Obama's inauguration celebration in January. Khepra was familiar with the sounds of gunfire in his neighbourhood and knew several people who had been shot, but Pendleton's death inspired him to act.

"I don't think having somebody that close to you can ever leave your mind if they've been taken in such a way," Khepra told the Huffington Post. "I do, definitely, think about her every day because I'm used to seeing her every day."

Khepra and other Chicago teenagers created the anti-violence awareness campaign Project Orange Tree, which helps co-ordinate community activities to stimulate a conversation about the causes of gun violence and is supported by the rapper Lupe Fiasco. Khepra said gun violence was often written off as a gang problem, but the issue also affected members of the community not affiliated with gangs. "I don't think a lot of the violence that's being labelled gang-related violence is as prevalent as it's being hyped up to be," he said.

  • Kelvin Doe


Kelvin Doe was born to a single mother when Sierra Leone was being torn apart by civil war. "Her resilience and self-belief made it possible for me to be alive today," he once said. Kelvin was six when the diamond-funded conflict, notorious for the systematic amputation of victims' limbs, finally drew to a close.

Turning 17 this month, he is a personification of how the west African country is trying to rebuild and look forward. A short film about him has been viewed more than 5m times on YouTube.

Doe is a self-taught engineer of astonishing precocity. At the age of 11, he rummaged in dustbins for scrap electronics parts that could fix local problems. At 13 he made his own battery by throwing together acid, soda and metal in a tin cup, waiting for the mixture to dry and wrapping tape around it. This proved a big financial saving on batteries.

Frustrated by lack of a reliable electricity supply in his neighbourhood, Doe built a generator using parts that were home made or rescued from the rubbish. The generator also powered a community radio station that he built from recycled materials. He plays music under the name DJ Focus and employs his friends as journalists and station managers.

"They call me DJ Focus because I believe if you focus, you can do an invention perfectly," Doe said in the video on the Thnkr YouTube channel that proved a worldwide hit.

He had never been more than 10 miles from his home in Freetown until he won a national schools innovation competition and was picked last year for a trip to America, where he spoke at the Meet the Young Makers panel at the World Maker Faire in New York.

Doe became the youngest ever "visiting practitioner" with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) International Development Initiative. He presented his inventions to MIT students, took part in research and lectured to engineering students at Harvard College. He has been featured on CNN and NBC News and was a speaker at TEDxTeen.

His mentor David Sengeh, a PhD student at the MIT media lab, said: "The inspirational effects of the original Thinkr YouTube video have been remarkable. It has had a tremendous impact on Kelvin's life, on my life and on millions of people all over the world everywhere. In Sierra Leone, other young people suddenly feel they can be like Kelvin."

  • Rene Silva


While most Brazilian teenagers are interested in computer games, homework, football or baile funk, Rene Silva has dedicated himself to fighting negative stereotypes about his favela community.

He set up his first newspaper at the age of 11, live-tweeted a police raid on his neighbourhood at 17 and has just completed his first book at the age of 19.

The shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro were long seen as violent no-go zones run by armed drug gangs, But Silva has used social media to show a more sympathetic, complex and hopeful side.

"The important thing about being young and doing what I do in the favelas is to create new points of reference," he said. "In the past, it was drug trafficking. Today, there is more recognition of the people who are trying to do good and change the reality of the place where they live."

Conscious of the shortcoming of the mainstream media, one of his teachers asked him to set up a community newspaper in 2005. At first, his family were doubtful about what he could achieve. His mother would scold him for getting home late from school because he had spent so long reporting and writing for Voz das Comunidades (Voice of the Community).

But he became the focus of every media organisation in the country five years later when he live-tweeted a huge military and police operation to "pacify" the Alemão favela where he lived. Silva's microblog corrected mistakes made by TV reporters and raised warnings about a young boy who was caught in the crossfire between the police and gangsters. HIs followers jumped from a few hundred to tens of thousands and his newspaper - now largely online - secured sponsorship.

Still not 20, Silva published a book this August, A Voz do Alemão, about the residents of his favela, which he hopes will further change perceptions of Rio's shantytown communities and expose the problems they continue to face after pacification.

  • Jack Andraka


Jack Andraka, 16, is the most recent grand prize winner of the Intel international science and engineering fair – where he unveiled an inexpensive way to detect pancreatic cancer.

At the age of 14 the Maryland boy investigated the disease after it had killed a close family friend, and found that it spreads rapidly and is rarely detected in its early stages. It is estimated to be the 13th most common cancer in the world andthe eighth most deadly.

To try to fill the void of low-cost, quick, early-screening methods, Andraka emailed professors at nearby research institutions with a proposal and budget for research. Andraka said he contacted 200 researchers and one accepted the offer – DrAnirbanMaitra, professor of pathology and oncology at Johns Hopkins University.

With Maitra, Andraka conducted research and devised his prize-winning, inexpensive diagnostic method that can efficiently detect a protein for the cancer with 90% accuracy.

"This was a big accomplishment for me. It fulfilled my biggest and wildest dreams," Andraka told the Baltimore Sun. "But also, it means that I can actually get the word out about this deadly disease and this new test that I use to detect it."

  • ZeaTongeman


ZeaTongeman, a 14-year-old from south London, was not a self proclaimed tech geek. "I used to think technology was just fixing computers and saying thing like: "have you tried turning it on and off again?" like in The IT Crowd," she says. But when she realised, after a Little Miss Geek workshop in her school, St Saviour's and St Olave's in Elephant and Castle, that tech could be fun and a force for good, she changed her mind. With a friend, Jordan Stirbu, she designed an app called Jazzy Recycling that aims to get people recycling by turning the sometimes tiresome task into a game.

"As Mary Poppins says: 'You find the fun and it becomes a game,' and that is exactly what our app does," she says.

Jazzy Recycling helps users find places to recycle, tells them what they can recycle and then enables them to scan, share and get rewards for their efforts.

Tapping into the teen mania for sharing even the most mundane titbits of daily life on social media, the game is then shared among friends.

Now Zea has some celebrity backing. Raj Dhonota, business consultant and an angel investor, who appeared on the Apprentice, is helping the pair build the app and they hope to launch in 2014.

She says: "To have people actually using our app and to know we have made a difference would be incredible, so fingers crossed it all goes to plan."

  • MalalaYousafzai


As a young girl, MalalaYousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

 “If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don't get it, it's not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child.” —MalalaYousafzai

MalalaYousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls' education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In  2014,  she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Boyan Slat (Netherlands)


A Dutch teenager has invented a device that he claims could clean up some 20 billion tons of plastic waste from the world's oceans.

Boyan Slat, 19, came up with the idea of a series of floating booms and processing platforms designed to collect floating plastic rubbish. The "ocean cleanup" concept is designed to capture the floating plastic, but allow fish and plankton to pass through unharmed, while saving the waste materials to be recycled.

While the young inventor believes humans must end their reliance on disposable plastic items and manage waste responsibly, his innovation could make a big difference to the cleanliness of oceans in the shorter-term.

Mr. Slat is now a student at the Delft University of Technology. He came up with the idea while at school and won a number of prizes and the respect of marine experts.

  • Mohammed Manan Ansari


At ten years old, Ansari was already a veteran of mica mining—he’d begun the work two years earlier, and spent eight hours a day on the job in a poor Indian district. Thankfully, he escaped the working life that year, when an Indian NGO convinced his parents to send him away to school. Now 18, he fights for other children’s rights, and has shared his story at the International LabourOrganisation conference held in Geneva.


The Awards were given to global youths based on six criteria—qualification, experience, skill, publication/network, contribution and vision clarity. Till 2015, it was given only in one category. From 2016 onwards, IYC Board has decided to recommend the award in 10 different nomination categories:


  • Advocacy & Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Livelihood, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Employability
  • Technology for Development
  • Women Empowerment
  • Youth Development & Empowerment
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Social, Gender & Financial Inclusion

RakibulHasan from Bangladesh (2014) and McleoMapfumo from Zimbabwe (2015) had won so far this prestigious award. The Award consists of a bronze Memento, a Certificate and a Shawl. It is distribute on the closing day of World Youth Summit every year.

Lists of the name of the nominee for 2016 are:

Sl. No. Name
01. Kabir Ahmad Momin (Bangladesh)
02. Ratnesh Mishra (India)
03. YouganTamang (India)
04. HamadullahSahu (Pakistan)
05. JayantaPatra(India)
06. Naga SravanKilaru(India)
07. Darius Bleh (Liberia)
08. Raj Kattel (Nepal)
09. Sheikh Mohammed YousufHussain (Bangladesh)
10. Satish Kumar Pandyalaya (India)