Gautam Buddha International Peace Award

The Gautam Buddha International Peace Award awarded by the Nepal Government aims to honour an international organisation or individual working for peace, human rights and Buddhism. It has a cash award of US $50000, equalling the amount of the Magsaysay Award, also known as the Nobel Prize of Asia. It is to be awarded once every five years. 

Along with fresh candidates and organisations, all the winners of peace awards including the Nobel Peace Prize, Magsaysay, Indira Gandhi Awards, Nehru Awards, among other international peace prize winners, are eligible to file candidacy for GBIPA.

The first award will be handed to the winner by the head of the nation on May 17, 2011 on the occasion of the 2,555th Buddha Jayanti in Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha. It is a good initiative by the Nepal Government to enhance Nepal’s position in the international arena, and develop Lumbini as a major global Buddhist pilgrimage site. Most importantly, the Award would promote Buddha’s message of peace, non-violence and human solidarity, values that are so essential in our world today