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Awardees for the 2020 Santa Barbara Peace Prize Announced by United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties

The United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties is delighted to announce the nominees for the 2020 Peace Prize. “We have received seven simply stunning nominations this year for the Peace Prize. We are so excited to honor the individuals in this community that are doing amazing work in the world,” said UNASB President Barbara Gaughen-Muller.


The Santa Barbara UNA Peace Prize was created by the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties (UNASB). The chapter is the oldest one in the United States, having formed in 1947, and spans San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. 


The nomination criteria for the UNASB Peace Prize:

  • The nominee must live in the Tri-Counties area.

  • The nominee must have achieved global impact in a way that is tangible and measurable, such as:

  1. Creating peace in the world

  2. Expansion or defense of Human Rights internationally

  3. Advancements in developing nations such as creating new infrastructure, delivering supplies, building wells to achieve clean water, creating schools and education opportunities, etc.



Nominations opened in May, and closed in August. The Peace Prize Committee then reviews the nominations, scores the entries, and selects the winner.

This year we are honored to have Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury as our honored keynote speaker for the 75th Anniversary of the UN. Ambassador Chowdhury has been UN Ambassador, a former Under-Secretary General, and founder of the global movement of a Culture of Peace, among other things. 


The Awardees for the 2020 Santa Barbara Peace Prize:


1. Creating and advancing capacity in the developing world: 
Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief International, introduced by Rinaldo Brutoco, 2017 UNA Peace Prize Winner, World Business Academy


2. Advancing Human Rights and Dignity: 
Barbara Tellefson of Unity Shoppe, introduced by Deepa Willingham, 2018 UNA Peace Prize Winner, Pace Universal International


3. Creating Peace in the World: 
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, introduced by Joe White, A Year Without War


“The United Nations Association is delighted with the quantity and caliber of the nominees,” said Peace Prize Co-Chair Sharon Byrne. “Clearly, our community cares about our world, and is working very hard to make a difference.”


The winner of the 2019 Peace Prize will be announced at the Annual Peace Prize Dinner to be held September 26th at 5:30 PM at the University Club of Santa Barbara.


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