Blix wins 2007 Sydney Peace Prize

21 May 2007 at 10:36 am | Posted in Hans Blix, News, Sydney Peace Prize, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission | Leave a comment

blix-web.jpgThe Swedish diplomat most well-known for his stance on the destructive impact of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction has won the 2007 Sydney Peace Prize.

Dr Hans Blix (left) is the chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. Trained as a lawyer, the disarmament campaigner was the Sydney Peace Prize Jury’s unanimous choice.The citation for the award reads: ‘Hans Blix, for principled and courageous opposition to proponents of war in Iraq, for life long advocacy of humanitarian law and non violence and for leadership of disarmament programs to rid the world of weapons of terror.’

Alan Cameron, Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, says, ‘It is highly relevant that in this 10th anniversary year of the Sydney Peace Prize, the jury focussed on universal disarmament as a major peace issue and chose one of the most significant campaigner against the manufacture and possession of arms of all kinds. We are honoured to welcome Dr. Blix to Sydney in November.’

Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees, says that the choice of Dr. Blix ‘signals a need for an Australian Government to revive the work of the 1996 Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons although, as chair of the WMD Commission, Hans Blix’s interpretation of disarmament ranges from small guns to biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.’

Professor Rees adds: ‘It was impressive that other members of the Commission praised Hans Blix for his personal diplomacy and unique skills as chairman. These qualities enabled the Commission to reach a successful outcome.’

Dr Blix will deliver the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture on 7 November in Sydney. He will receive the award at a gala dinner and award ceremony on the following night.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald’s article – Sydney Peace Prize for blunt Blix

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