The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
will award emerging youth talent in Bogotá
- This year nearly 600 students from 40 of the world's top universities will join the Youth Program Leading by Example of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
- The awards ceremony will be held February 4, 2017 at the close of the Summit and the winner will receive the Turner Social Change Award and USD $10,000 for their contribution to social transformation.
On February 4, 2017 at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit and the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, young talent will be awarded for projects of social transformation submitted after a call for proposals by the organization.
These projects are related to initiatives that permit the reclaiming of rights of victims of violence, pedagogical initiatives for peacebuilding and projects of coexistence, among others.
The president of the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit, Ekaterina Zagladina stated, "We are committed to improving opportunities for young people and fulfilling society through emerging talent. We are pleased to offer the Turner Social Change prize, worth a total of US $10,000, in honor of the Turner family, which awards one or several youth delegates, for the initiative that generates the most change in their communities or in the world.”
The president of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, Mónica de Greiff stated, "It is fundamental to support young talent that can contribute most to the transformation of society, healthy coexistence and peace building in the world. They are the future of economic and social development in our countries.”
For the past four years the Leading by Example program at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates has attracted brilliant students and young professionals from top universities and organizations around the world. Participants of the program include faculty and students from Columbia University, Constanz University, East Stroudsberg University, Geneva Graduate Institute, Harvard University, Haverford College, Heidelberg University, Occidental College, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University, Soka University of Tokyo, United Nations University, University of the Andes, University of Cape Town, University of Massachusetts, University of Southern California, University of Winchester and Yale University, among other notable institutions and organizations.
'Leading by Example' provides youth delegates with the unique opportunity to interact with Peace Laureates, experts and academics, through a carefully selected workshop program in which they will participate after plenary sessions. In addition, delegates will have the opportunity to connect with other young world leaders.
There are many surprising and inspiring proposals each year. Winners are selected by the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Youth Committee, chaired by Laura Seydel, the President of the Captain Planet Foundation and the Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, David Ives. The winner is selected by the Peace Laureates.
As a result of the Leading by Example program, youth delegates work together to design and present the official youth declaration of the Summit.
In recognition of the important role of the media in our society and the importance of reporting success stories related to peace, the youth program also offers the opportunity for the young journalist club, an educational program in which youth delegates seeking a career in the media market are invited and carefully selected to cover the different events of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. There, they are supported by the communications team of the Permanent Secretariat and receive special access to interview Peace Laureates and attend press conferences of the event.
The youth team of the Permanent Secretariat works with universities in various countries to implement a curriculum with emphasis on peacebuilding. This work includes the implementation of a curriculum created by members of the Permanent Secretariat and approved by Peace Laureates.