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The Bogotá Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to host the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, being held for in a Latin American country for the first time, this coming 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of February, 2017 in Bogotá.
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as the most important annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organisations, students, and professors from around the globe since 1999. Over the last 14 years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have been honoured with the participation of numerous Nobel Peace Laureate and Nobel Peace Organisations, including: President Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres, President Óscar Arias Sánchez, President Lech Walesa, President Jimmy Carter, President José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, and other globally recognised leaders.
The Summit is held annually in different cities throughout the world, in cooperation with the participant cities and with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureate foundations and organisations.
The Summit is the most important conversation and platform in matters related to peace-building, reconciliation and its relationship with development. The Summit has been held annually since 1999 in landmark cities for the achievement of world peace (Paris: Human Rights Declaration; Berlin: German Re-unification; Hiroshima: Nuclear Disarmament; among others). This time, Bogotá was chosen as the global venue for this important universal dialogue.
Bogotá's designation as venue is the result of the leadership undertaken by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, representing entrepreneurs in the city and the region, and is also an expression of Colombia's civil society, that is pushing for a discussion reflecting on the challenges faced in the construction of peace, as well as the definition of actionable long-term scenarios from the private sector.
During the Summit, we expect to welcome about 20 Nobel Peace Laureates and several world leaders, from whom we will learn and exchange experiences about the construction of peace and reconciliation. Additionally, after the Summit, Bogotá will be designated as the City of Peace, and we will launch projects and initiatives that the Laureates and their organizations will accompany and assist in implementing.
During the Summit, we will present two acknowledgments to global figures who have made significant contributions to the construction of peace. In prior Summits, said acknowledgments were presented to individuals such as Bernardo Bertolucci, George Clooney, Bob Geldoff, Bono, Sean Penn, among others.