Nobel Peace Prize Organizations Prepare to Participate in Meeting of Laureates in Bogotá

  • A dozen entities will share their experiences at the Nobel Peace Prize Summit to be held in the Colombian capital this February.
  • UNICEF, the Institute of International Law, the International Peace Bureau and the American Friends Service Committee, among others, have already confirmed their participation.
  • As organizer of the Summit, the Bogota Chamber of Commerce (BCC) would like to remind citizens that registration is now open and that those interested may attend the event free of charge.

 

A dozen entities dedicated to peace building in the world who have been recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize have confirmed their attendance at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, an event that will be held for the first time in Latin America, from February 2-5, 2017 in Bogotá.

The top representatives of these organizations will share with thousands of participants and with the international community their experiences on issues such as the search for a non-conventional weapons ban, social development, climate change mitigation, and the defense of Human Rights and child protection, among others.

According to the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce (BCC), an entity that together with the Secretariat of the Nobel Peace Prize Summit brings this important meeting to the Colombian capital, representatives from the Institute of International Law, the International Peace Bureau, the American Friends Service Committee, UNICEF and the International Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, have confirmed their attendance.

The leaders of the International Campaign for the Prohibition of Antipersonnel Mines, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Pungwash Conferences and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also be in the city.

In this regard, Mónica de Greiff, Executive President of the BCC explained that "having such a distinguished group of Laureates will make the Bogota Summit a unique opportunity for the international community to reflect on the problems that affect us as a society and how to find the way to such longed for peace".

The Chamber President also emphasized that with 26 Nobel Peace Prize winners confirmed so far, the meeting scheduled for next month ranks as the most attended by Laureates in the history of the Summit, which has taken place since 1999 thanks to the initiative of former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Summit is emerging as an unprecedented event of profound importance to the world, both for the attendance of Laureates as well as the special moment that surrounds its realization in Colombia; Country of origin of the recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Juan Manuel Santos, who a few weeks ago signed a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas to end a conflict of more than 50 years with this armed group.

 

A Summit for All

Registration is now open for those interested in attending the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which will take place in the Great Hall of Corferias, February 2-5, 2017. Registration is free and interested parties may enter the BCC's website (www.ccb.org.co), or the Summit website (www.bogota-nobelpeacesummit.com), click the registration link and fill out the form.

It is expected that around 3,000 people will attend this event daily including Laureates and national and international guests; as well as political, social and business leaders, young people dedicated to peace building projects, media representatives and the general public.