Prince KPH Damien Dematra was recently bestowed with the International Man of Peace 2020 award title.
The prestigious award was given for his outstanding contribution to peace and humanity. The Man of Peace 2020 award is the second award he received this year, wherein the middle of this year; he won the Man of Peace & Humanity award from an organization in India.
Prince KPH Damien Dematra, said “I dedicate this award to the little children who love peace. This award is not for me, but for peace lovers and activists. Peace must cross borders, and therefore we came to palaces, government buildings, famous universities to remote Islamic boarding schools, orphanages and refugee camps for disaster victims. Hopefully, this peace echo can influence decision-makers both at home and abroad. I am fighting for children, future generations who long for peace.”
Prince KPH Damien Dematra is active as a peace activist. He has fought intensely over the past decade for world peace.
He is one of the founders of the Visions of Peace Initiative (VOP) based in New York, United States. A non-profit organization that focuses on bringing peace to children. VOP has visited 37 cities in the past three years and held art competitions with the theme of peace for children aged 5-18 years.
In addition, he is the main initiator of the birth of the Nusantara Peace Day which is routinely commemorated every September 3.
Internationally, his work in the field of peace is very prominent through the International Festivals Group for Peace, Humanity and Culture with a network on five continents, which he founded in 2011. This activity has reached millions of people through cultural works in the fields of performing arts, films, music , literature and others.
This award was given directly by Sultan Sepuh XV PRA Luqman Zulkaedin SH, M.Kn, the King from the Kasepuhan Royal Palace in Cirebon, to coincide with the celebration of World Peace Day which falls on September 21. World Peace Day was initiated for the first time by the United Nations (UN) in 1981.
The event, which was held at the 25 hectares Royal Palace followed strict health protocols and was ended with a series of prayer for peace by senior priests along with santri, actors, journalists, aristocrats and kings of the Nusantara archipelago.
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