- Bogotá will be the first Latin American city to host this event that has been held annually since 1999. Following the Summit, Bogotá will be designated as the City of Peace.
- The Summit is considered as the most important event and platform in the world related to peace building and the analysis of the social and ecological challenges faced by humanity.
- It will bring together around 20 Nobel Peace Price laureate individuals and institutions. On previous versions, the Summit has hosted personalities such as the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu.
- The Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, representing civil society and the corporate sector, will be the organizer of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
- The Summit purports to trigger mass participation and mobilization by the Colombian people towards the peace building process in the country.
Bogotá, September 16, 2016. In the context of the International Peace Day being held at the United Nations in New York, president of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Ekaterina Zagladina, announced Bogotá will be the venue for the 2017 edition of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates; the announcement was made in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
The Summit is considered as the most important event and platform in the world related to peace building and the analysis of the social and ecological challenges faced by humanity.
On this matter, Executive President of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce (CCB) Mónica de Greiff stated: "This is an unprecedented acknowledgment to Colombia's and the region's history, as it is the first time the Summit will be held in Latin America. We are especially enthusiastic about this appointment, as this event will serve as a unique and very timely scenario to discuss the significant challenges the world faces in its attempts to achieve peace; it will also allow us to share the lessons learned in the Colombian case".
With support from the Bogotá and Cundinamarca Conventions Bureau, the CCB nominated Bogotá on behalf of Colombia's civil society and corporate sector, to serve as the site of the 2017 edition of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Bogotá was chosen in a lively competition against other four cities: one from the United States, another one in Latin America, and two in Europe.
The Summit will be held between the 2nd and the 5th of February of 2017, and is expected to welcome at least 20 Nobel Peace Laureates, that is, individuals and organizations who have received the award in recent years, who will visit Colombia to hold dialogs and develop projects and initiatives with local and foreign stakeholders related to this goal that is common to all nations.
The Summit, which has been held annually since 1999 has, in the past, been hosted by landmark cities representing significant progress or important events marking the achievement of world peace such as Paris - Human Rights Declaration (2008); Berlin - German Re-unification (2009); Hiroshima - Nuclear Disarmament (2010) and Barcelona - Refugees (2015).
According to the Summit's organizers in addition to the laureates, the event serves as a meeting point for about 700 delegates from all over the world including international reporters, school and university students interested in the matters being discussed, and private and government organizations from the most diverse locations.
Some of the topics to be addressed during the Summit include: peace and democracy, peace and sustainable development, and the relationship between the private sector and the construction of peace.
The Summit purports to trigger mass participation and mobilization by the Colombian people towards the peace building process in the country. Additionally, after the Summit, Bogotá will be appointed as a City of Peace.