About the Sydney Peace Foundation

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The Sydney Peace Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation within the University of Sydney. The Foundation aims to raise the agenda of peace with justice in the Australian community. Peace with justice is a way of thinking and acting which promotes non-violent solutions to every day problems and provides the foundation of a civil society.

The Sydney Peace Foundation

  • selects and awards the Sydney Peace Prize
  • develops corporate sector and community understanding of the value of peace with justice in diverse contexts and countries
  • sponsors peace initiatives, particularly the work of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney
  • teaches peace and conflict studies and creates jobs for young people in areas of peace research, conflict resolution and the promotion of human rights
  • awards scholarships and internships in peace, human rights and conflict resolution.

Signature events

Every year in the first week of November, the Sydney Peace Foundation presents the Sydney Peace Prize.

The Sydney Peace Prize Award Ceremony

The premier annual event of the Sydney Peace Foundation, this gala dinner attracts the an audience of 400 of Sydney's top business, government, NGO and university leaders and well as diverse community members.

The City of Sydney Peace Lecture

Each year on the evening before the Award is presented, the Sydney Peace Prize recipient presents the City of Sydney Peace Lecture.

This popular event is often a sellout and a spillover audience may be accommodated in a second theatre. The lecture transcript is available after the event.

Special events and visitors

Throughout the year the Sydney Peace Foundation presents special events and seminars with distinguished guests.

In past years seminars have been conducted with:

  • Gareth Evans, President of the International Crisis Group, on the international responsibility to protect
  • Margaret Reynolds , President of the United Nations Association of Australia, on the 2004 UN Commission on Human Rights
  • Jeff McMullen, award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent
  • Father Frank Brennan
  • Hugh Mackay
  • Bryce Courtenay AM

Since the inception of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Partners in Peace have had the opportunity to meet some of the world's most inspiring leaders and advocates of peace with justice. Visitors to the Foundation have included:

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

On 4 September 2000 former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, presented Dr Stella Cornelius (left), founder of the Conflict Resolution Network, and Faith Bandler right, campaigner for indigenous rights in Australia, with certificates for their dedication to and achievements in conflict resolution and education. The Sydney Peace Foundation was proud to have such an honoured guest.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet

On 25 May 2002, Councillor Kathryn Greiner, then Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, presented His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet with the Sydney Peace Foundation Medal. The presentation was in recognition of his untiring work for human rights, non-violence and world peace.


The Sydney Peace Foundation provides support to the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Research projects include:

  • Lebanese Youth in Sydney project - examining the effects of racism on young people.
  • Global Action for the Prevention of War - an international collaborative campaign with other educational institutions.

The University of Sydney Foundations

The Sydney Peace Foundation is a foundation of the University of Sydney.
Unlike most of the foundations which work to increase the resources of the University, the Sydney Peace Foundation’s primary aim is to raise the agenda of peace with justice in the Australian community.

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