Seoul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize – 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth.
The award was presented to Indian Prime Minister by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony here in South Korea. A short film on the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi was also screened at the event.
The Prime Minister dedicated the award to the people of India. He said that he is honoured that the award is being conferred on him in the year that the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is being celebrated.
“I would be giving the prize money of the Seoul Peace Prize to the Namami Gange fund,” Modi said.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 22, 2019
The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul. The award was established to crystalise Korean people’s yearning for peace on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of the world.
Modi is the 14th recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize. Previous winners of the award include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former UN chief Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and Medecins Sans Frontieres.