Nobel Laureate and 1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu has received the inaugural Mahatma Gandhi Global nonviolence award.
Tutu said he was accepting the award on behalf of the millions who struggled for freedom from apartheid in South Africa.
He said: “I usually say what is so patently obvious that when you are in a crowd and you stand out, it is only because you are being carried on the shoulders of others.”
Click here to see a newsclip of Tutu’s visit to JMU.
“You can never win a war against terror as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate — poverty, disease, ignorance, et cetera.”
In an interview with CNN, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said poverty fuels the war on terror.
“I think people are beginning to realize that you can’t have pockets of prosperity in one part of the world and huge deserts of poverty and deprivation and think that you can have a stable and secure world,” the 1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient told CNN.
1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu has taken on a new appointment – “Patron of National Braai Day” for South Africa. The term braai is Afrikaan for barbecue.
“There are so many things that are pulling us apart, this has a wonderful potential to bring us all together,” BBC reported Tutu as saying. “We have 11 different official languages but only one word for the wonderful institution of braai: in Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, whatever.”
The National Braai Day will take place on 24 September.
1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu has blamed the South African government’s delay in introducing a national HIV/Aids treatment plan for the preventable deaths from HIV/Aids.
Tutu said the anti-aparthied heroes would be shocked by the devastation wrecked by the HIV/Aids pandemic. “They would be glad that a more realistic plan was in place, but they would lament that too many died unnecessarily because of bizarre theories held [by those] on high,” Reuters reported Tutu as saying.
The University of the Western Cape has honoured 1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Emiritus Desmond Tutu with launching the Desmond Tutu Chair of Ecumenical Theology and Social Transformation in Africa.
The initiative was launched to marked Tutu’s legacy. It aims to enhance research and teaching programmes on societal transformation.
Nobel Laureate and Sydney Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lent his support to the Global Cool initiative.
Global Cool aims to significantly slow down global warming by getting a billion people to reduce their CO2 emissions by an average of one tonne by 2017; lobby, through people power, governments to environmental legislations, and to support alternative energy projects.
Click here to see Tutu’s filmed statement of support.