Bogotá will be declared a 'World City of Peace'
- The Colombian capital will receive this recognition during the opening of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on February 2.
- The Bogotá Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has initiatives aimed at strengthening the city's civic and business coexistence.
During the presentation of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to be held on February 2 in Corferias, Bogotá will be declared a 'World City of Peace', a recognition that the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates grant the host cities of the Summit, for their efforts in the construction of peace.
In evaluating the cities nominated as hosts for the 2017 event the Secretariat took into account, among other criteria, Bogotá's vision of peace for social and business development for several decades.
The Colombian capital, for example, includes the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Hermes Program, which has trained more than 15,000 conciliatory students. These are two scenarios of dialogue that generate a peaceful coexistence.
In addition, it has developed policies related to human rights that have helped to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and is the capital of a territory which is beginning to pave the way towards post-conflict.
According to Jorge Mario Díaz, cicepresident of public private articulation of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, the declaration will be active for a year, until the next summit is held. During this period, the city will be the scene for activities, actions and projects that will show its potential to contribute to reconciliation, national dialogue, education and diversity.
“The objective is that Bogotá not only be declared the world city of peace, but also that it experience it, and that all actions carried out by the city, the public sector, the private sector and civil society be directed toward that purpose and framed in the same plan to continue motivating the spirit of social dialogue, coexistence and development," he explained.
These initiatives, which are already being implemented or will be designed, will not only help create more peaceful environments for citizens, but will also become a springboard to attract more foreign investment to the region. In this sense the private sector has a great responsibility.
This year Bogotá is added to the list of cities that have areceived this recognition, a list that includes París, Berlin, Hiroshima, Chicago, Warsaw and Barcelona. The Colombian capital, upon receiving this honor, acquires an unbreakable commitment with its consolidation as a leading destination for tourism and business.
Ekaterina Zagladina, president of the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit, said, "the Secretariat is proud to continue with one of the most important traditions of the World Summit. Every year, we recognize the efforts of the host city in peacebuilding, granting it the title of City of Peace. This year, receives the title of City of Peace not only as the city that enthusiastically welcomed the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, but also in honor of the efforts made by the entire country in favor of peace, its successful fight for democracy and its example of peace to the rest of the world."
During the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, three awards are given. The Peace Prize will be awarded to a man or woman recognized internationally not only for his role in the culture and entertainment industry, but for his tireless work to promote human rights, peace and solidarity. The winner will be a person who has made a great contribution to social justice.
The nominees for this award are chosen by the Summit Secretariat. In previous years René Pérez, lead singer of Calle 13; Bernardo Bertolucci, film director; Sharon Stone, actress; Sean Penn, actor; Bono, leader of the band U2; George Clooney, actor; Robert Benigni, director and star of the film Life is Beautiful, among others, received this award.
Medal for Social Activism
This prize is awarded to a member of the civil society of the host country who has led peacebuilding projects. The nominees, whose names are kept secret, were elected by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Summit Secretariat.
Turner Prize for Social Transformation
Recognition will be given to the best youth project to be presented during the workshops to be held at the summit. In order to choose the winner, criteria such as the relevance of the youth program and the workshop will be taken into account, along with the replicability of the peace project or experience and that it has a proven course or is already being carried out. The award consists of US $ 10,000, donated by the United States Turner Foundation, in support of efforts to make a positive change at the local or global level.