Recently, the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament, and Development 2022 was jointly awarded to the Indian Medical Association and the Trained Nurses Association of India as representatives of the COVID-19 warriors in the country.
Facts for Prelims
Indira Gandhi Peace Prize:
Inception and Purpose:
- Instituted in 1986, the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament, and Development honors the memory of the former prime minister.
- Aims to acknowledge outstanding contributions to international peace, development, and the use of scientific discoveries for humanity’s betterment.
- The prize comprises a monetary award of 25 lakh rupees and a citation.
Criteria for Recognition:
- Recognizes individuals or organizations working towards international peace and development.
- Emphasizes the responsible use of scientific advancements to promote freedom and benefit humanity.
- Encourages efforts in creating a new international economic order.
- Past laureates include prominent figures and entities:
- Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union (1987).
- UNICEF (1989).
- Jimmy Carter, former president of the US (1997).
- UN and its secretary-general Kofi Annan (2003).
- Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany (2013).
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) (2014).
- Former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh (2017).
- Sir David Attenborough (2019).
- Pratham NGO (2021).
-Source: The Hindu