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Desmond Tutu 10 Awards and Later Years.

Together with prominent chefs and celebrities like Daniel Boulud and Jean Rochefort, Tutu endorsed Action against Hunger's No Hunger Campaign and called on Al Gore to make a film about world hunger.

In 1998 he was appointed Robert R Woodruff Visiting Professor at Emory University in Atlanta. He returned the following year as the William R Cannon Visiting Distinguished Professor. In 2000 he founded the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation to raise funds for the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town. The following year he launched the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation USA, which is designed to work with universities to create leadership academies emphasizing peace, social justice and reconciliation.

In 2001 the Desmond Tutu Educational Trust launched the Desmond Tutu Footprints of Legends Awards which recognize leadership in combating prejudice, human rights, research and poverty eradication. Since 2004 he has been a Visiting Professor at King's College London although he joined 600 college students and sailed around the world with Semester at Sea in 2007.  

Tutu co-chairs 1GOAL Education for All campaign which was launched by Queen Rania of Jordan in August 2009. It aims to secure schooling for 72 million children world-wide who cannot afford it, in accordance with the Millennium Goal Promise of education for all by 2015 giving them an opportunity to get education through the FIFA 1Goal campaign.

Desmond Tutu signed up to be a Counselor at One Young World, a non-profit organization which hopes to bring together 1500 young global leaders of tomorrow from every country in the world.

In October 1984 Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee cited his "role as a unifying leader figure in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa". This was seen as a gesture of support for him and The South African Council of Churches which he led at that time. In 1987 Tutu was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award. It was named after a 1963 encyclical letter by Pope John XXIII that calls upon all people of good will to secure peace among all nations. In 1992, he was awarded the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award.

In June 1999 Tutu was invited to give the annual Wilberforce Lecture in Kingston upon Hull, commemorating the life and achievements of the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce. Tutu used the occasion to praise people of the city for their traditional support of freedom and for standing with the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. He was also presented with the freedom of the city.

In 1978 Tutu was awarded a fellowship of King's College London, of which he is an alumnus. He returned to King's in 2004 as Visiting Professor in Post-Conflict Studies. The Students' Union nightclub Tutu's is named in his honour.
In 2006 Tutu was named an honorary patron of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin for his contribution to peace and discourse.

Tutu has been awarded the freedom of the city in Italy, Wales, England and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has received numerous doctorates and fellowships at distinguished universities. He has been named a Grand Officer of the Légion d'Honneur  and Germany awarded him the Order of Merit Grand Cross, while he received the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999. He is also a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize, the King Hussein Prize and the Marion Doenhoff Prize for International Reconciliation and Understanding. In 2008 Governor Blagojevich of Illinois proclaimed 13 May 'Desmond Tutu Day'. On his visit to Illinois, Tutu was awarded the Lincoln Leadership Prize and unveiled his portrait which will be displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.

In November 2008, Tutu was awarded the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding.

On 8 May 2009 Tutu was featured speaker during Michigan State University's spring undergraduate convocation. During the commencement, Tutu was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Two days later, he received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The two schools had coincidentally met in the previous month's NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, a detail not missed by Tutu.

Tutu was awarded an honorary degree from Bangor University, Wales in June 2009. During the ceremony, Tutu thanked the people of Wales for their role in helping end apartheid.

In June 2009 the University of Vienna conferred the degree "Doctor Theologiae honoris causa" on Tutu. The Faculty of Protestant Theology and Senate based the decision on Tutu's outstanding achievement in developing and establishing what can be called "ubuntu-theology" which became known as "public theology". By integrating the principles of the ubuntu philosophy with his theological thinking, he made a major contribution to Liberation Theology.

Southwark Cathedral named two new varieties of rose in honour of Desmond and Leah Tutu at the 2009 RHS Flower Show. To celebrate the event, Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir gave a concert in the presence of  Tutu and his wife Leah at the Cathedral on 11 July 2009. The Archbishop joined the choir on stage for its encore – an arrangement of George Gershwin's “Summertime”.

In 2009 he also received the Spiritual Leadership Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama.

Desmond Tutu serves as an Honorary Co-Chair for the World Justice Project.

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