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Leadership and Good Governance Award

The UPF Leadership and Good Governance Award is presented on behalf of the Founders, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, to those manifesting excellence in leadership, integrating professional excellence and practical wisdom with moral and spiritual principles.

Candidates from all fields and realms of governance are considered, including leaders from religion, government, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and educational institutions. Past recipients include current and former heads of state and government, parliamentarians, and religious leaders from throughout the world.

The Leadership and Good Governance Award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership principles, including fairness, honesty, accountability, transparency and inclusiveness, based on the core values of:

  • living for the sake of others in service to God and humanity.
  • promoting harmony and cooperation beyond barriers of race,
    religion, nationality and culture;
  • strengthening marriage and the family as the school of love;
  • affirming universal spiritual values

Statements of Prior Awardees

UPF peace principles have played a very important role in helping us to end the violence in Kenya. You are bringing hope for a brighter future to our nation, to Africa and the world.
- Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya (2008-13)

We look forward to the day when all people feel value in work and labor, and have basic needs for clothing, food, education and health, met. Agony and resentment can be dissolved as people live according to the UN declaration for human security and the eradication of hunger.
- Dr. Abd Elaziz Hegazy, Prime Minister of Egypt (1974-75)

Above all we must recognize that knowledge and understanding of ourselves, and of our Creator God, will inevitably lead us to a love of others, our brothers and sisters of all nations, all continents, faiths, and religions. Living for the sake of others is at the core of UPF’s teachings.
- Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, Prime Minister of Barbados (1987-94)

As head of the Ukrainian Peace Council, I am ready to take an active part in this activity. We are ready to cooperate for the sake of creating a global network of peacemaking organizations that will help develop worldwide peacemaking processes.
-H.E. Leonid M. Kravchuk, President of Ukraine (1991-94)

Leadership and Good Governance Booklet from the World Summit 2014 (1.1MB)
Leadership and Good Governance Booklet from the World Summit 2013 (22.4MB)

Leadership and Good Governance Program honoring H.E. Mr. Nassir Al-Nasser (1MB)



Recipients of UPF Leadership and Good Governance Award

Nationality Name Position / Organization
Afghanistan H.E. Hamid Karzai President (2001-14), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Afghanistan H.E. Mohammed Karim Khalili Vice President (2004-14), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Australia H.E. Prof. Marie Bashir Governor (2001-14), New South Wales
Barbados H.E. Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Prime Minister (1987-94), Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Barbados
Belarus H.E. Prof. Stanislav S. Shushkevich Chairman (1991-94), Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus
Benin H.E. Conceptia Ouinsou President, High Constitutional Court of the Republic of Benin
Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Zivko Budimir President (2011–15), Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Burundi H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza President, Republic of Burundi
Cambodia H.R.H. Prince Sirivudh Norodom Supreme Privy Counselor to his Majesty the King, Kingdom of Cambodia
Congo H.E. Dr. Justin Koumba President of the National Assembly, Republic of Congo
Costa Rica H.E. Rodrigo Carazo Odio President (1978-82), Republic of Costa Rica
Cote d'Ivoire H.E. Henri Konan Bédié President (1993-99), Cote d'Ivoire
Cyprus Mrs. Oya Talat Former First Lady, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Egypt H.E. Dr. Abd Elaziz Hegazy Prime Minister (1974-75), Arab Republic of Egypt
Fiji H.E. Major General Sitiveni Rabuka Prime Minister (1992-99), Republic of the Fiji Islands
Fiji Mme. Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau First Lady, Fiji
Guinea-Bissau H.E. Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo President (2012-14), Guinea-Bissau
Guyana Hon. Hamilton Green Prime Minister (1985-92), Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Hungary Prof. Erno Lazarovits Director of Foreign Relations, Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary
Iceland H.E. Steingrimur Hermannsson Prime Minister (1983-87, 1988-91), Republic of Iceland
India Hon. Dr. Pawan Kumar Chamling Chief Minister, State of Sikkim, India
India H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church - India
India Hon. Dr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi Former Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of the Republic of India
Indonesia H.E. Abdurrahman Wahid President (1999-2001), Republic of Indonesia
Israel Arch. Boulos-Nabil Fares El-Sayah Maronite Archbishop In Israel, Archdiocese of Haifa and the Holy Land
Israel Rabbi Itzhak Bar Dea Former Chief Rabbi, Ramat Gan, Israel
Jordan Dr. Hamdi Murad Professor, International Islamic University, Jordan
Kenya Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga Prime Minister (2008-13), Republic of Kenya
Kosovo H.E. Hashim Thaçi Prime Minister (2008-14), Kosovo
Liberia H.E. Wesley M. Johnson Former Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia to the United Kingdom
Malawi H.E. Isaac Chiwekwere Lamba Professor, University of Malawi

H.E. Bold Ravdan

Former Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States


Prof. Ibrahim Gambari

Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs


H.E. Goodluck Jonathan

President (2010–2015), Nigeria

Nepal H.E. Krishna Prasad Bhattarai Prime Minister (1990-91, 1999-2000), Nepal
Nepal H.E. Girija Prasad Koirala Prime Minister (1991-94, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2006-08), Nepal
Nepal Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University
Palau H.E. Tommy Esang Remengesau, Jr. President (2001-09), Republic of Palau
Palau H.E. Johnson Toribiong President (2009-13), Republic of Palau
Qatar H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser President of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly
Russia Dr. Mikhail Ivanovich Odintsov Chief of the Department on Religious & Ethno-national Issues, Office of the Commissioner on Human Rights in the Russian Federation
Samoa H.E. Tuilaepa Malielegaoi Prime Minister, Independent State of Samoa
Slovakia Rev. Bartolomej Gooz President, Dialog Centre of Slovakia
Slovakia Amb. Robert Harencar Vice President, Alexander Dubcek Association
Slovakia H.E. Michal Kovac President (1993-98), Slovak Republic
Solomon Islands Hon. Francis B. Hilly Prime Minister (1993-94), Member of Parliament
Solomon Islands Sir Allan Kemakeza Prime Minister (2001-06), Solomon Islands
St. Lucia H.E. Julian Robert Hunte President, Fifty-Eighth Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Sudan H.E. Elfatih M.A. Erwa Ambassador (1996-2005), Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Sudan to the United Nations
Tajikistan Dr. Sayfullo Sadulloevich Safarov Deputy Director, Strategic Research Center of the Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan
Timor-Leste H.E. Jose Luis Guterres First Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the UN
Tonga Hon. Baron Vaea Prime Minister (1991-99), Kingdom of Tonga
Ukraine H.E. Leonid M. Kravchuk President (1991-94), Ukraine
United Kingdom Lord Nazir Ahmed Member, House of Lords
United Kingdom Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher Prime Minister (1979-90), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States Hon. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Member of U.S. Congress, D-Georgia
United States Hon. Danny Davis Member of U.S. Congress, D-Illinois
United States Hon. Benjamin Gilman Former Member of U.S. Congress, R-New York
United States Dr. Cheryl Ann Lau Judge Pro Tempore, Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts
United States Hon. Howard Curtis Nielson Former Member of U.S. Congress, R-Utah
United States Hon. Curt Weldon Former Member of U.S. Congress, R-Pennsylvania
Uzbekistan Mr. Rakhmanjon Pulatovich Rasulov Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vanuatu Hon. Ham Lini Prime Minister (2004-08), Republic of Vanuatu
Vanuatu H.E. Edward Nipake Natapei Prime Minister (2001-04, 2008-10), Republic of Vanuatu
Zambia H.E. Mwelwa C. Musambachime Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations