For the first time in Latin America nearly 30 Nobel Peace Laureates will gather for an unprecedented event at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Bogotá 2017
Nearly 30 Nobel Laureates and 30 world leaders and organizations working on peace and reconciliation issues around the world will visit Bogotá for the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to be held February 2-5.
This historic event, which will mobilize the city and attract investment for the benefit of its inhabitants, is projected to be the largest peace-building conversation in recent times with experts on the subject.
The realization of this world-class event, which will include Bogotá among cities such as Berlin, Hiroshima, Chicago and Paris, where the Summit has also been held, is thanks to the postulation made by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce in Representation of the private sector and civil society. This nomination was made in 2015 before the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit.
Bogotá will receive hundreds of visitors and show what the city has to offer, stengthening its image as an enterprising city with a lot to contribute to the world.
The president of the BCC, Monica de Greiff, said that bringing this event to the city points to two major objectives for which the entity works intensely, "On the one hand, the construction of peace, which has been a leading cause for more than 30 years, through its Arbitration and Conciliation Center providing society with tools for healthy coexistence and peaceful conflict resolution. On the other hand, the city's marketing strategy, in which we have proposed to position Bogotá as an ideal place for a world-class event to attract investment and business."
She explained that events of this nature boost 15 sectors of the economy associated with industry, such as transportation, the hotel and gastronomic industry, translation, among others, generating employment.
Ekaterina Zagladina, President of the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit, said, "Every year this gathering brings together Nobel energy, great minds and inspirational stories, productive discussions and exchange of experiences to address issues that affect our common welfare. We hope that the spirit and energy of peace-making will help the country to permanently overcome the disastrous results of war.”
He added that, "we believe that this Summit will bring enormous benefits to all participants who are welcome to share examples of courage and nonviolence that have served as best practices for other nations by building democratic paths towards social justice and sustainable peace”.
Each year the city receives 473,000 domestic and foreign travelers who attend events, representing income to the local economy of about USD 253 million.
The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to be held in Corferias between February 2 and 5, demonstrates the capacity of Bogotá and its entrepreneurs to meet the needs of the most important global meetings.
The Summit will be a unique opportunity in which the private sector and society will be able to participate in the most important conversation in the world on issues of reconciliation and peace for the benefit of the sector and society.
The event will have a broad agenda including 10 plenary sessions, 6 thematic forums, 25 youth experiences, and a cultural festival of peace.
Young people will be the protagonists of this summit that seeks to gather youth around discussions that promote scenarios of dialogue in cities. The forum includes a youth program titled "Leading by Example" in which laureates such as Jody Williams, Oscar Arias Sánchez, Tawakkul Karman and José Ramos Horta, among others, will conduct meetings that will revolve around the leadership that future generations must assume in post-conflict scenarios.