The International Peace Bureau (IPB) will award the organisation`s annual Peace Prize to Jayantha Dhanapala, a highly-respected Sri Lankan diplomat, who has devoted his career to disarmament and global justice, the IPB announced.
The award will be made during the international seminar entitled Books or Bombs?
Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development, to held in collaboration with the Institute of Peace Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina from Nov. 11-12. He is to receive the award tomorrow.
Ambassador Dhanapala is being honoured with the prestigious award for his dedication for the cause of disarmament and his initiatives towards Central Asian Nuclear - Weapons Free Zone.
The IPB making the announcement of the award said: `Jayantha Dhanapala like Sean MacBride is a remarkable figure on the world stage. His diplomatic career has been a distinguished one.
`Dhanapala has made disarmament his special field of expertise, and he had the honour of presiding over the historic 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference - and managed to find an ingenious solution acceptable to all when most observers felt the Conference was deadlocked.
He was UN Under Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs from 1998 to 2003, and the development of the Department under his leadership has been much applauded.
Dhanapala remains actively involved in several international bodies and is a member of various expert bodies, for example the recent Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction and in 1996 the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
He has also just been elected President of the Pugwash conferences on Science and World Affairs.`
Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament or human rights.
These were the principal concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985.