Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates., was created in 2006, and is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, with its own board, based in Rome and operates on a permanent basis.

The major activity of the Permanent Secretariat is organizing the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates internationally recognized among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students and professors from around the globe since 1999.

The Permanent Secretariat organizes the Summit in different locations across the globe with the support of Nobel Peace Laureates’ foundations and organizations, and in partnership with hosting municipalities and prominent local foundations.

Vadim V. Zagladin, who was also the founder of the PermSec, conceived the Summits, which were promoted by President Mikhail Gorbachev and the former Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni.

 

Responsibilities

The Permanent Secretariat is responsible to interact with the participants of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates ensuring the adequate preparation, organization and development of the Summits’ meetings.

According to its statutes, the Permanent Secretariat does not represent any Nobel Peace Laureates externally, unless otherwise explicitly requested.

Along with the organization of the World Summits, the Permanent Secretariat is responsible to disseminate the documents and decisions adopted by the Nobel Peace Laureates and Organizations during the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, such as the “Charter for a World without Violence” as well as promote the ideas and work of Nobel Peace Laureates.

The Permanent Secretariat monitors the activities of Nobel Peace Laureates, supports the work of Nobel Peace Laureates, who participate in the annual Summits, and serves as the platform for their networking.

 

Objectives

  • Promote the legacy, knowledge and work of Nobel Peace Laureates and people, who dedicated their lives to help others;
  • Promote international social cooperation;
  • Advance achievements in the humanitarian and social work;
  • Involve youth and citizens in practical thinking for world peace and educate them with practical tools;
  • Encourage business, citizens and youth to make joint social projects in different parts of the world;
  • Create and maintain a platform where we share our network enabling an efficient collaboration among citizens, authorities and business towards efficient and sustainable solutions;
  • Establish the proper environment and promote the engagement of Nobel Peace Laureates in order to share their knowledge and experience engaging the minds of ordinary people in general and the young people in particular on real matters that pertain to global affairs, conflicts, world without violence, racism, poverty, global environment, diseases, proliferation of weapons focused on global peace on the planet.

 

Tasks

  • Organize the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates annually as a platform to consolidate peace efforts and strengthen global security
  • Ensure the coherency of the activities of the Summits.
  • Monitor and support of the Nobel Peace Laureates activities through our global network.
  • Youth and citizens social formation including tools for global online education.
  • Support of major youth and citizens initiatives deriving from our programs.
  • Foster and implement an adequate networking for youth, citizens, business and authorities in their effort to create better common solutions for facing social problems.
  • Promote sponsors integration into social matters through the Summit platform and Summit’s programs.
  • Engage the minds of young people and citizens on real matters that pertain to such global affairs like conflict resolution, global environment problems, disarmament, humanitarian and social issues etc. that broaden vision and open up new horizons for a more peaceful and compassionate thinking.
  • Provide practical support of students and citizens initiatives that arise out of the Summits or reflect the elements of our programs.

 

Initiatives and platforms

  • Yearly Youth Program - “Leading by Example” with involvement of international youth and professors from around the globe.
  • Networking platform for youth, citizens, business and government to share their experiences in taking social matters.
  • Networking platform for the support of Nobel Peace Laureates activities throughout the world.
  • Initiatives platform with sponsors to educate and encourage youth and citizens by sharing practical knowledge and experience in social matters through the Summit and its networks

 Official website - http://www.nobelpeacesummit.com/

The Summit is one of the most relevant and renowned events related to the construction of peace and the search for tools to end warfare, foster disarmament and promote world reconciliation.  It is a meeting point for top social, enterprise and political leaders, as well as all members of the society who wants to be socially involved in the processes of peacebuilding and students and representatives from many countries.  This will be the first time since its creation in 1999, that the Summit will be held in Latin America.

Over the last 17 years, the World Summit 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, human rights activists Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchu, Tawakkol Karman, Leymah Gbowee, Malala, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, and other globally recognised leaders and peacemakers.

 The Summit is held annually in different cities throughout the world, in cooperation with the participant cities and with the support of Nobel Peace Laureate foundations and organisations.

Since 1999 the Summit has been hosted by landmark cities for world peace, such as Rome, Paris, Berlin, Hiroshima, Warsaw, Chicago, and Barcelona.  This time, Bogotá was chosen as the global venue for this important universal dialogue. 

The CCB began nominating the capital of Colombia as the venue for the event since late 2015, when it approached the Summit's Organization in Rome, to learn about the requirements to host such an important event. As a representative of the private sector, the Chamber assumed the challenge of leading the nomination efforts and highlighting the city's strengths and advantages to host such an important event, which requires the highest coordination in terms of security and logistics, as well as the highest standards in terms of events infrastructure.  After the nomination was formalized, a group of officials belonging to the Summit's organization, led by its president, visited the city in May to personally assess the infrastructure available for the event, and to learn more about the country's current context. Sensing the strong will of a country who wishes to put an end to decades of violence was a decisive factor in choosing Bogotá as the venue for the event.

The Summit is expected to trigger mass participation and mobilization by the Colombian people towards the peace building process in the country. 

During the Summit, we expect to welcome about 20 Nobel Peace Laureates and Prize-awarded organizations and several world leaders, from whom we will learn and exchange experiences about the construction of peace and reconciliation. The city is also ready to receive about 300 top university students from all over the world, 700 delegates and 150 social organizations from all global origins.

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.  

At the end of the Summit, we will present two acknowledgments to global figures who have made significant contributions to the construction of peace – Peace Summit Award and Peace Summit Medal For Social Activism.  Previously the Summit already awarded Bernardo Bertolucci, George Clooney, Bob Geldoff, Bono, Sean Penn, Sharon Stone, Roberto Benigni, among others.