Dozens of Leading Figures will be present at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogotá

Dozens of Leading Figures will be present at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogotá

  • Nearly 30 Laureates, 700 delegates from organizations and governments, 350 young people and dozens of leaders who have contributed to peacebuilding will be present at the Summit.

 

Many outstanding leaders who have made contributions to world peace will be present at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates February 2-5 in Bogotá. This list of global leaders includes Ban Ki-Moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Shlomo Ben Ami, former Foreign Minister of Israel, in addition to approximately 30 Laureates.

International institutions and personalities who have chosen to cultivate sustainable peace, in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, will speak about the main challenges facing nations today, such as democracy, reconciliation, sustainable development, diversity, inclusion and disarmament, among others. These objectives define the path to be followed by nations that are committed to sustainable peace.

Through the multiple perspectives of Laureates and international leaders, these conversations seek to make visible practices that have produced positive results in the search for peace and to activate a process of mobilization of civil society, businessmen and young people who are called to build the world of the future.

The Summit is organized by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce (BCC), which nominated the Colombian capital as the venue for the event, and the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit for Nobel Peace Laureates. For the first time since its creation in 1999, the Summit will be held in a Latin American city.

This is the first time that the Summit will receive such a representative number of Laureates. On average, only about 20 Laureates have attended the event in the past. Around 700 delegates from international organizations and governments are expected to visit the Colombian capital to participate in the event, as well as journalists and 350 high school and university students from different countries currently developing peace initiatives.

                                                                                        

Ban Ki Moon

South Korean diplomat. As Secretary General of the United Nations from 2007-2016, his priority was to mobilize world leaders around climate change, economic conditions, pandemics and growing international pressures that affect access to food, energy and water.

 

Irina Bokova

The first woman Director-General of UNESCO. She has led initiatives to promote science, gender equality and equitable education. She is also committed to combatting racism and ensuring cultural property does not become a means for financing terrorism. Before arriving at this position, she worked for her home country of Bulgaria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of the United Nations.

 

Heidi Kuhn

Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, an NGO that fights against the scourge of landmines and promotes their replacement with grape cultivation.  These grapes serve as a symbol of life and hope and a source of income for communities. Her work has been recognized by the United Nations and other public and private entities worldwide.

 

Marc Dullaert

Creator of the International Children's Peace Prize and the Dutch KidsRights Foundation. As the Ombudsman for Children it is his job to ensure that public authorities and other organizations respect the rights of children and adolescents under the age of 18. 

 

Bernardo Kliksberg

Argentine economist, sociologist and scholar recognized for his positions on economic, social, and organizational issues. He has been an adviser in more than 32 countries for organisms like the United Nations, UNESCO and UNICEF. In addition to his intellectual work, he is a volunteer for community service organizations and a member of the Editorial Board of several major scientific publications in Latin America.

 

Joel Bouzou

A French athlete who after participating in world sporting events for several years such as the 1992 Olympic Games, became founder and president of the Organization for Peace and Sport. This organization promotes sport as a vehicle for achieving peace, tolerance, dialogue and reconciliation.

 

Alexander Likhotal

A Russian political scientist who holds the position of president of Green Cross International. He is currently involved in promoting the sustainable development agenda through initiatives that use dialogue, mediation and cooperation to address challenges such as security, poverty and environmental damage.

 

Shlomo Ben Ami

Former Chancellor of Israel with a wide and recognized political and diplomatic career. He is distinguished for his experience in conflict resolution in scenarios such as the peace conferences held in Madrid regarding the Israeli Palestinian conflict. He also represented his country in the Multilateral Conventions on Middle Eastern refugees in Canada. He is vice president of the Toledo International Center for Peace.