Saji Prelis receives the 2017 Outstanding Peace Support Prize

‘Schengen Peace Foundation’ and ‘Luxembourg Peace Prize’ announce Lakshitha Saji Prelis as the 2017 Outstanding Peace Support Laureate for his preeminent efforts and initiatives to promote peace

LUXEMBOURG, LUX- Lakshitha Saji Prelis received the 2017 Outstanding Peace Support Prize. The Luxembourg Peace Prize recognizes Mr. Prelis, born in Sri Lanka, for his work over the last two decades in promoting peace. Currently, Mr. Prelis is the Director for the Children & Youth Programs at Search for Common Ground and the co-chair of the UN-Civil Society Working Group on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding.

About Lakshitha Saji Prelis
Mr. Prelis has over twenty years’ experience working with youth, youth movements and youth focused organizations in various conflict and transition environments in West and East Africa, Central Asia to South and Southeast Asia. Six years ago he co-founded and has been co-chairing the first UN -CSO- Donor working group on Youth and Peacebuilding that helped in successfully advocating for the historic UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security. He is a pioneer in collaborative peacebuilding efforts and an expert in engaging young people in transforming violent extremism and sustaining peace.

The Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Peace Support seeks to recognize an individual or an organization or a government who gives resources (resource being defined as a voice, financing or time), illuminates an issue, whilst participating in the process of peacebuilding.

Other 2017 Laureates include: Ervin Laszlo and the Members of The Club of Budapest; Women Wage Peace; United World Colleges; The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR); Ushahidi; Colombia Negotiators and Civil Society Actors; Franck Katshunga; Jake Lynch; Dr. Annabel McGoldrick; Steven Druker.

About the Schengen Peace Foundation, World Peace Forum and Luxembourg Peace Prize
For the sixth consecutive year, the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum will be awarding the prestigious Luxembourg Peace Prize to outstanding peacemakers and activists in Luxembourg. The award comes in alignment with the efforts of the Schengen Peace Foundation, approved in 2007 by His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri, as a Peace—Think—Tank, to support peace building.

In the ‘Spirit of Schengen’, the Schengen Peace Foundation initiated the World Peace Forum, a global platform for peace activists and peace initiatives. The annual multidisciplinarian event of the World Peace Forum connects peace activists from around the world to meet, exchange ideas, and together achieve greater impact.

In 2011, the Luxembourg Peace Prize was first introduced as an award to outstanding peacemakers. Laureates are honored with a bronze medal, designed by Luxembourg artist Sophia Rein.This year’s Luxembourg Peace Prize Ceremony will be taking place at the historic European Parliament building in Luxembourg on the 30 June 2017 as a conclusion to the 2016 World Peace Forum edition held in Florianopolis, Brazil, and in preparation for the 2017 World Peace Forum to be held in Amman, Jordan in September 2017.

The Luxembourg Peace Prize aims to recognize and support the work of individuals and groups working on peace, around the world. Categories include:
Outstanding Peace Activists
Outstanding Peace Organization
Outstanding Public Peace Efforts
Outstanding Peace Support
Outstanding Peace Education
Outstanding Peace Process
Outstanding Youth Peace Maker
Outstanding Peace Technology
Outstanding Peace Journalism
Outstanding Environmental Peace

For additional information on the Luxembourg Peace Prize, the World Peace Forum, or the Schengen Peace Foundation please visit LuxembourgPeacePrize.org and worldpeaceforum.org