Peace Award Ceremony


The Finnish Christian Peace Association is pleased to invite you to the award ceremony of its 2021 Peace Prize and the associated panel discussion

Time: Thursday 15 April 2021 18:00–19:00 (Helsinki); 09:00–10:00 (Costa Rica)

Platform: ZoomJoinZoom Meeting


The Finnish Christian Peace Association (Suomen kristillinen rauhanliike) awarded its Peace Prize in 2021 to H.E Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez of Costa Rica. Ms. Whyte was the President of the UN conference to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty, which entered into force 22 January 2021. In its justification of the award, the Peace Association acknowledges the significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) for the global peace and sustainable development, and the leadership and instrumental role that Ambassador Whyte played in the negotiations leading to the TPNW.

Commending Costa Rica’s systematic and central role advancing global initiatives to support peace, such as the process on Human Right to Peace, the Association wants to recognize the value of leadership Ambassador Whyte provided, of which the whole world should be grateful.


18:00–18:10 Awarding the 2021 Finnish Christian Peace Association Peace Prize to Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez followed by remarks by Ms. Whyte

18:10–18:15 Introductions of Panelists by Peace Association Chair Mr. Jussi Ojala

18:15–18:45 Panel discussion on the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and vision of a world without Nuclear Weapons”. Moderated by Mr. Jussi Ojala, the panel discussion will have the following distinguished speakers: Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, Costa Rica State Secretary, Ms. Johanna Sumuvuori, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Distinguished Associate Fellowat SIPRI and Chair of Peace Union of Finland, Dr. Tarja Cronberg

18:45–19:00 Q & A from the audience and closing remarks

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