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This year's finalists were excellent and all deserve recognition. The awards committee felt that Sembrandopaz excelled in all criteria, and has named the organisation 2014 Peacebuilder of the Year.
Ricardo Esquivia Ballestas, the Executive Director of Sembrandopaz, said:
"The armed conflict and war have robbed millions of children the opportunity to live their childhood.
"Colombia is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that has not made it out of its armed conflict. For these reasons peace is very important for Colombia.
"We are much honored to receive this award and we will gladly accept it on behalf of all members of the community and community leaders with whom we work. It is their work what really moves us towards peace in Colombia."
See pictures of the award ceremony here
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Nominations are open for the 2015 Peace Prize, which will go to an outstanding individual peacemaker:
World Vision would also like to thank the 2014 International Awards Committee:
Congratulations to all of our finalists and nominees for the Peacebuilding Award!
The 2014 prize recognises an agency or organisation that excels at integrating peacebuilding into relief, development or advocacy and that mobilises communities to build durable peace. The winner will demonstrate all of these criteria:
Video footage of the award ceremony held at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu, Uganda can be viewed here.
To watch an interview with the Archbishop on the importance of peace and non-violence click here.
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