Westphalian Peace Prize, 2008
The Economic Society of Westphalia and Lippe (WWL) awards the Westphalian Peace Prize every 2 years. The award goes to those individuals and institutions that have become models of extraordinary peace work in Europe and the world.
Young people and projects setting an example of political, social and environmental reconciliation and thus promoting peace in the world can also win the prize.
In 2008, former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and the Generation Junger Malteser, won the prize worth 50.000 Euros.
The Generation Junger Malteser was honored due to their service for disabled children in areas of conflict, the Middle East especially in Lebanon. The reason for the award was: “In the so-called camps of encounter the volunteers give the handicapped outcasts hope and joy; and that is peace work in the word's best sense."
The speakers for the prize winners were Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chancellor of Germany, and His Beatitude Georgorios III, Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and of the whole Orient.
The award-giving ceremony was broadcasted on national television and radio, getting the attention of numerous journalists online and in newspapers.
With the generous prize money and the increasing donations due to the ceremony the newly founded Lebanon Foundation was greatly supported (more here).
Golden Victoria at the Publishers' Night on the 18th Nov 2010 in Berlin
The Generation Junger Malteser received the "Golden Victoria for Social Commitment" for its great achievement in the support and care of sick and disabled people. The award was presented on the 18th November 2010 as part of the Publishers' Night of the VDZ (Association of German Magazine Publishers). Dr Rainhard Zinkann, executive partner of Miele, mentioned in his speech: “The Golden Victoria for Social Commitment" is one of two new and of overall five prize categories of the Golden Victoria.” Wolfgang Fürstner, CEO of VDZ praised: “An important element in the Publishers' Night is to honor people who accomplish extraordinary things. It is a big pleasure to pay tribute to the Lebanon project. It is an impressive, charitable and courageous project which goes beyond the religious borders."