Based on the a Nobel Peace Prize awarded in December 1974 to the late Eisaku Sato, a former Prime Minister, the Foundation was established on 11 November 1975, as a public corporation authorized under the jurisdiction of both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, to fulfill the vision of the late Mr. Sato “to cooperate with the development of the United Nations University and to contribute to the improvement of world peace and welfare”.
The late former Prime Minister Eisaku Sato’s ideal was the improvement of world peace and welfare and he believed that the United Nations had a major role in achieving it. For this reason, he went to extraordinary lengths to establish the United Nations University and attract it to Japan, and it was his fervent wish to strengthen the advancement of the University. At the inspiration of the late former Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, the objectives to this Foundation are to contribute to the development of the United Nations University and to the improvement of world peace and welfare.
A Japanese language version of this section is located here.
The Foundation has been holding the Eisaku Sato Essay Contest, which was inaugurated in 1980, annually since 1990.
The Foundation has been contributing the Scholarly Books Fund to the United Nations University Library since 1995.
The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest is an international competition that was established in memory of the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize. The contest was inaugurated in 1980, and has been held annually since 1990.
The 29th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest (2013) topic:
Many people expect the United Nations to play a major role in world peace and in protecting the safety and welfare of people worldwide. Express your views on whether the United Nations is sufficiently responding to these expectations. If ‘no’, discuss the causes and constraints for this failure; if ‘yes’, discuss some recent success cases.
The deadline is 31 March. Further details are located here.
Nobel Lecture by Eisaku Sato delivered on 11th December 1974 entitled ”The Pursuit of Peace and Japan in the Nuclear Age” is accessible via the Nobel Foundation’s Web site.
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