The White Helmets of Syria won the peace award last year
A shortlist of nominees for the 2017 Tipperary International Peace Award which includes the Irish Defence Forces Peacekeeping Mission, 17-year-old Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and renowned Kurdish humanitarian Dr. Widad Akreyi, has been released today by Tipperary Peace Convention.
Tipperary Peace Convention received nominations for the Award from organisations and from individuals and has now released the final shortlist of four nominees. This shortlist will be considered by the Peace Convention Committee over the next couple of weeks and the winner will be announced at the end of April.
The Tipperary Peace Award was founded in 1984 with the principal aim of giving recognition to those who promote the ideals of peace and peaceful co-operation in Ireland and across the World.
Previous recipients of the Award include the Former South African President the late Nelson Mandela, Live-Aid organiser Bob Geldof, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, the late Benazir Bhutto, the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his sister Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, former Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former US Secretary of State, John Kerry and last year’s recipients the Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets.
The 2017 Award will be presented at a special ceremony in Tipperary at a date to be announced later this month.