The Lui Che Woo Prize — Prize for World Civilization has announced the winners of its inaugural awards in the categories of global sustainable development, the betterment of mankind, and the promotion of positive energy.
Hong Kong businessman Dr. Lui Che Woo established the Hong Kong-based Lui Che Woo Prize in September 2015 with a commitment of HK$2 billion ($258 million). The organization behind the prize plans to award a total of HK$60 million ($7.75 million) each year across the three categories (about $2.6 million each) to honor innovation and scientific advancements as well as contributions to world civilization and social harmony.
The 2016 Sustainability Prize, which recognizes contributions to the security of the world food supply, was awarded to Professor Yuan Longping for his development of a high-yielding hybrid rice resulting in a more sustainable food supply in China and other countries that have long struggled with the risks of famine. Médecins Sans Frontières was named the winner of the 2016 Welfare Betterment Prize in recognition of its contributions to controlling the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti and the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. And the winner of the 2016 Positive Energy Prize, which recognizes individuals or organizations whose behavior and achievement inspire, energize, and give hope to others, is former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, in recognition of the work that he and the Carter Center have done since 1982 to promote peace, prosperity, good health, and hope for millions.
"Today is an important milestone for the LUI Che Woo Prize — Prize for World Civilization," said Lui Che Woo Prize founder and chairman Dr. Lui Che Woo. "The prize was established with the aim to promote world peace, mutual respect and support, and create an environment where people can cherish and enjoy our earth’s precious natural resources. With the announcement of its first laureates, I hope we can build a caring and loving world."