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BAN KI-MOON, WIC AWARDS in World Peace 2017


BAN KI-MOON The former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the winner of the World Peace Prize, began studying the practice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since the 1970s. From 2007, during his tenure as UN Secretary-General, it is also appreciated that he coordinated and negotiated sensitive global issues among themselves.

Ban, who served consecutive terms, expressed his interest in the civil war in Libya and the Arab Spring, urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to pay attention to homophobia and promotion of LGBT rights, and emphasized the issue of equality and human rights for minorities.


Michelle Obama, WIC AWARDS in Human Rights 2017


Michelle Obama, the winner of the human rights award, has become an iconic person of the United States, from an absolute helper who led the success of the first black president, Barack Obama, to a social activist who stands for black people, women and children. Michelle Obama gave up her huge bargaining salary and led various organizations to represent young people, local communities, and blacks and other minority groups.

She has been interested for a long time in social inequality. She has been the First Lady, but she has been actively using the history of social activists and lawyers to think about policies for poor people who are vulnerable to mainstream politics, desperate youths and desperate workers, she put a sense of balance. In addition to her belief in the righteous world, she is also considered as an independent First Lady by Barack Obama.



Marina Silva,

WIC AWARDS in Environment 2017

Marina Silva, an environmental award winner, is an outstanding activist who has devoted himself to protecting the Amazon rainforest and is an outstanding social activist who has informed the world about the value of resources, including the importance of forests.

Especially, she is called as "an environmental leader's observer" who thinks about the nonviolent and sustainable development of our society by seeing the serious nature damage of some multinational corporations. Marina Silva was the Chair of the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Curitiba, Brazil, in May 2006.


Ma Yun, WIC AWARDS in Economy 2017


As the winner of the economic awards, Mr. Ma Yun is regarded as a person who brought fresh energy to the global economy based on his constant challenge and initiative since the early 1990s, when he started his business management in China.


He has been leading the economic development of China in a huge Chinese market, starting with the establishment of an early Internet company to Alibaba today through novel and macro management.





GEOMAR Helmholtz C., WIC AWARDS in Science 2017

The GEOMAR Helmholtz Marine Research Institute in Germany, the winner of the Science Prize, has been researching the marine environment and trying to prove the organic link between human and nature.


Professor Ulf Riebesell of the Institute has contributed to spreading about 350 research results related to the ocean acidification caused by human carbon dioxide (CO²) release to publicize the risk of acidification to marine life. Furthermore, he is attracting attention from all over the world because he warns that the seriousness of human development and pollution, overfishing, soil fertilizer, etc.




Yissum, WIC AWARDS in Education 2017

n the education category, the Yissum Center for Technology Transfer, Hebrew University in Israel, expects another positive outcome for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Innovative Economy. In the case of ‘Mobileye’, an autonomous navigation technology that Intel recently purchased at 17 trillion won, it accomplishes commercialization of technology made by Yissum based on the visual recognition algorithm of Professor Amnon Shashua at Hebrew University.

He is evaluated as a good role model to circulate ideas to the industry through establishment of a joint venture through cooperation with companies and joint research, and thus this society is a good example of a society.


Silviahemmat, WIC AWARDS in Health Care 2017

Sweden's "Sylvia Hemmet Foundation", the main character in health care, is famous for being founded by Queen Sylvia. This foundation is a facility for the elderly with dementia, and the advanced know-how in the healthcare sector is attracting attention, such as the operation of the nursing system dedicated to the treatment of dementia and the provision of professional education in connection with medical schools.

The Silviahemmet Foundation, which was founded by a considerable study of the elderly care sector in Sweden, had undergone a super-aged society process from 1887 to 2015, boasts a unique system of quality services and research related to dementia.



Afroz Shah, WIC AWARDS in Social Contribution 2017

Indiana's lawyer, "Afroz Shah" 33 years old, the winner of the Social Service category, became the "beach cleaner" and became an inspiration for many people around the world, offering a tireless dedication and service spirit.


He moved to nearby Versova beach in 2015 and saw garbage and wastes piled up on the beach to remind him of a dump. He started clearing out the garbage with his friends and then turned to more than a thousand volunteers, including local office workers, students, and Bollywood stars.


After a 21-month sweep of Afroz Shah, the 2.5-kilometer-long beach of Versova recovered its original natural state. Recognized for his achievements, he was the first Indian to receive the Global Environment Award from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) last year.


Wole Soyinka, WIC AWARDS in Cultural Art and Physical Education 2017

Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian winner of the Cultural Art and Physical Education Award, is an outstanding writer who has received the Nobel Prize for Literature in Africa for his work in peace, human rights, and spirit of coexistence.


Wole Soyinka is regarded as a poetic artist who captures and solves the risks to human fundamentalism and exclusivism, ranging from ethnic conflicts to religious and political conflicts all over the world. His books include plays such as 'The Birthday Party of Kepi,' 'People Living in the Swamp,' 'Lion and Jewel,' 'Forest Dance,' 'Marvelous Plane on Earth,' 'Mandela's Earth,' and novels Interpreters,' 'Anomy's Season.' In February, he received a great deal of attention from readers by presenting his essay 'Of Africa,' which contains Soyinka's desire for freedom and human rights.




In World Peace



Prime Minister Hatoyama, the winner of the World Peace Prize, was finally selected for his contribution to World Peace. Former Prime Minister Hatoyama strongly criticized Abe for visiting Yasukuni Shrine after his retirement. He said Japan has caused wars in the past and has done much damage to most countries in Asia, including Korea and China, who said that Japan should always have to apologize until those who are wounded by war are forgiven.


In particular, former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama apologized that Japan's colonization of the Korean peninsula and its subsequent entry into World War II meant that it was a historical fact that the Korean peninsula broke into the north and the north.


in Human Rights


Meaza Ashenafi

Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi of Ethiopia Supreme Court, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Human Rights, was selected for her commitment to understanding African women's human rights for life. She established the first women-only bank for Ethiopian women. We also established the Womens Bar Association to represent womens rights.

Ethiopia has a long tradition of
Telepa in which a woman is kidnapped and married to her. Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi strongly condemned the misconceptions of Telepa, which trampled the human rights of women, and defended the victims and made them into social issues.

Her story is well known as the screening of the animated film
DIFRET, which shows the reality of human rights in African women. The film DIFRET deals with the true story of an Ethiopian girl and a lawyer who were victims of forced marriage.



in Environment


Bojan Slate

Bojan Slate, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Environment, is set to tackle a serious environmental degradation of marine ecosystems caused by plastic trash that people have been throwing away. He founded Ocean Cleansing Company and developed the world's first marine plastic garbage collection system with camera and satellite antenna for easy marine status. The device, which he invented, connects long pipes to each other to float in buoyancy, and a 3m deep membrane is connected underneath to prevent fish and other marine life from being hurt. The 600m long pipe connected to the U-shaped pipe moves along the algae, collecting marine plastic waste, and collecting the ship.

Currently, the world
s marine plastic waste is estimated at 150 million tons. It is expected to increase more than three times in the next 10 years, and if the marine plastic waste is neglected, irreversible environmental disaster cannot be avoided. Bojan Slate has an ambitious plan to remove 90% of the worlds marine plastic waste. It aims to clean up the huge marine litter island that is about seven times the size of the peninsula built between California and Hawaii.



in Economy


Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Economy, is a business man who practices the noblesse oblige, and is the prime investment. It is also referred to as the Oracle of Omaha because it has eyes that accurately trace the flow of the stock market. He was greatly influenced by Benjamin Graham, the founder of value investment. He is famous for sticking to the value investment method, which holds stocks of superior companies for a long period of time based on the inherent value and growth rate of the company.

In 1965 he took over the management of Berkshire Hathaway, a textile company, and turned it into a holding company and investment company with good companies. He is currently the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is actively engaged in donations, including making commitments to donate 85% of his property to the foundation run by Bill and Gates.






in Science


Dr. Stephen Hawking

Dr. Stephen Hawking, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Science, contributed to cosmology and quantum gravity. He is called a worldwide physicist who links Newton and Einstein's genealogy. Hawking entered Oxford University in 1959 at the age of seventeen. Though he did not have the ability to enter Oxford, he was able to enter the school thanks to the school he recognized for his outstanding talents in physics. He graduated from Oxford with the highest degree in natural sciences. In October 1962 he went to Cambridge to study universalism and general relativity with Professor Dennis Sciama at Cambridge University.

Hawking had a rare disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) called Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 21 years. The doctor predicted that he would live a life of about two years. He was encouraged by Professor Skiaama. He studied relativism and cosmology in earnest, without being frustrated. Since then, he has made many achievements such as singularity, Hawking radiation, and Hartle-Hawking state of black holes.






in Education



Vicky Colbert

Vicky Colbert's educational model has been reflected in Colombian national education policy, providing a better learning opportunity for many people, including urban areas and refugees. The method she has created is currently being implemented in Latin America, including Brazil and Mexico, the Caribbean, East Timor and Vietnam. The World Bank considers the Escuela Nueva model to be one of the most outstanding reforms in the developing world.

Vicky Colbert, who has accumulated education expertise in various institutions both at home and abroad, served as Vice Minister of Education of Columbia and UNICEF's Education Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently devoted to the education sector, serving as the director of the Fundación Escuela Nueva, an NGO founded to expand the Escuela Nueva educational model.



in Health Care


Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps in China

Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps in China was selected as the winner of WIC AWARDS in Health Care. Dr. Kim Sung-jin, who led the World Health Organization's tuberculosis counseling team and the rural free service group, made the Qingdao Red Cross volunteer corps in 2004 to serve medical vulnerable areas in China. As a volunteer organization officially registered in China in 2007, today, Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps practices love without borders through philanthropy and service spirit.

Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps treated about 39,000 Chinese people free of charge through borderless love. The medical team has provided new life to 152 congenital heart disease children through surgery, and continues to carry out the rescue project for congenital heart disease in China. Currently, Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps is the only group that provides medical services for Chinese people throughout China.



in Social Contribution



Michelin, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Social Contribution, introduced the Michelin Challenge Bibendum Community, a social contribution program since 1998. Michelin adopted the global platform PPMC (Paris Process on Mobility and Climate) initiative at the UN Climate Change Convention (COP21) in Paris in 2015, raising corporate social responsibility activities as a global initiative.

In addition, PPMC is involved in establishing strategies for implementation of the Paris Climate Convention and UN SDGs (sustainable development goals) in the transportation industry by participating in 150 organizations including transport companies, international organizations, foundations, academia, and companies from all over the world. As a result, Michelin has made a big step forward in helping to reduce carbon emissions around the world.



in Culture


Peter Handke

Peter Handke, the winner of WIC AWARDS in culture, was born in 1942, Griffen, Carinthia, Austria. He paid attention to the language-intrinsic method in opposition to the participatory literature that led German literature in the late 1960s. The politicization of literature he argued begins with the recognition of the self-defined, naturally accepted, crafted, and manipulated, and screenplay of the ruling system as the ‘Dramaturgie’, and he saw literature as a task that enabled this perception.


The enlightening means and object of Peter Handke was language. He paid attention to the relations between linguistic reality and practical reality, and in 1966, he published “offending the audience” against the form of the traditional drama and aroused a big echo in the theatrical circles. The  provocative act of antiauthoritarian and critical Peter Handke against the literature, theater, and politics is in line with this current trend.


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