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.