47 years of Bangabandhu’s Julio-Curie award
Published: 11:37 AM, 23 May 2020 Updated: 11:39 AM, 23 May 2020
World Peace Council awarded the prize to Bangabandhu for his being a symbol of world peace on May 23, 1973. Photo: Collected
Today is 23 May, 47 years of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s receiving the Julio-Curie award. On this day in 1973, the World Peace Council awarded Julio-Curie Peace Prize to Bangabandhu for his being a symbol of world peace.
After receiving the award, Bangabandhu said: "This honour is not for any particular person. This honour is for the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the war of independence of Bangladesh, the heroic fighters of the liberation war. ‘Julio Curie’ Peace Medal is for the whole Bengali nation."
To commemorate the contributions of world-renowned scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie to the struggle for world peace, the World Peace Council has been awarding Julio Curie Peace Prize to distinguished individuals and organizations since 1950 for outstanding contribution to the fight against fascism, anti-imperialism, humanitarian welfare and peace.
World leaders, like Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Yasser Arafat, Salvador Allende, Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, poet and politician Pablo Neruda, Jawaharlal Nehru, Martin Luther King, Leonid Brezhnev were awarded the prize.
The peace prize of the World Peace Council was an international recognition of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his contribution to the establishment of world peace. The Julio-Curio Peace Prize award was the first-ever international award for Bangladesh. As a result of this great achievement, the Father of the Nation turned into Vishwabandhu from Bangabandhu.
The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee has requested the authorities concerned to spread the significance of this day in all media with special importance. Bangladesh Television will broadcast a program titled ‘Julio Curie Bangabandhu’. Other media outlets will also take steps to promote the day with significance.