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Bogota designated to host the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

September 16, 2016
  • The Summit is considered to be the most important event and platform in the world in the field of peacebuilding and analysis of the social and ecological challenges facing humanity.
  •  It brings together about 20 personalities and institutions who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. On previous occasions, the Summit was attended by personalities such as the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu.
  •  The Bogota Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of civil society and the business sector, will be the organizer of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
  •  The Summit aims to activate a process of mass mobilization and participation of society to build peace in Colombia.

 

As part of the International Day of Peace held in New York city at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), the president of the Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Ekaterina Zagladina announced in the presence of the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki Moon that Bogota will host the 2017 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. 

The Summit is considered to be the most important event and platform in the world in the field of peacebuilding and analysis of the social and ecological challenges facing humanity. 

Mónica de Greiff, Executive President of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce (CCB), notes: "This is a recognition that is unprecedented in the history of Colombia and the region, it is the first time the summit is held in a Latin American country. It is especially motivating to receive this designation because it will be a unique and very timely scenario to talk about the immense challenges facing the world to build peace and to share the lessons of the Colombian case." 

With the support of the Bogota and Cundinamarca Convention Bureau, the CCB postulated Bogota on behalf of civil society and the business sector to host the 2017 World Summit of Nobel Prize Laureates. The forum was assigned after competing with four other cities, one in the United States, one from Latin American and two from Europe. 

The Summit will take place between February 2 and 5, 2017 and least 20 Nobel Peace Prize laureates are expected to attend, people and organizations who have earned this recognition over recent years, who will come to Colombia to discuss and develop projects and initiatives with local and foreign actors who share this common goal of all nations. 

The meeting, which has been held since 1999, has been developed in emblematic cities that represent a breakthrough or important event for world peace such as Paris - Declaration of Human Rights (2008), Berlin - German Reunification (2009); Hiroshima - Nuclear Disarmament (2010) and Barcelona - Refugees (2015). 

According to the organizers, in addition to the laureates, the Summit assembles about 700 delegates from different parts of the world, international journalists, students of colleges and universities interested in the subject and private and governmental organizations from around the world. 

Themes covered at the meeting include: peace and democracy, peace and sustainable development and the relationship between the private sector and peacebuilding.

The Summit aims to activate a process of mass mobilization and participation of society to build peace in Colombia. Likewise, after the Summit Bogota will be named City of Peace.