Messages for reflection at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
- Pope Francis and Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar sent messages to those attending the world's most important international dialogue on peace.
Not only was the first day of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates a venue for nearly 30 laureates to share their thoughts on peacemaking, but also an opportunity to hear encouraging messages about Colombia and its commitment to peace.
Although unable able to attend the meeting, Indian spiritual and humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Pope Francisco believed it was opportune for the Summit, organized by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Secretariat, to be held in Colombia, a country trying to put an end to more than 50 years of war.
"Today Colombia is enjoying peace. The journey towards a better, more peaceful and prosperous society has just begun. Your thoughts, as attendees of the Summit, that encourage people to walk a path of nonviolence are noble," said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art of Living, an educational and humanitarian international non-profit organization that offers self-development programs.
The Secretary of State of the Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, shared a message from Pope Francis encouraging participants of the Summit to promote dialogue between people.
“In a particular way he trusts that the efforts in Colombia to build bridges of peace and reconciliation can inspire all communities to rise above animosity and division, for ‘when victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promoters of nonviolent peacemaking.’”
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar believes peace required by the societies that have made an enormous effort and suffered innumerable problems can be fragile. "To strengthen it, we need noble thoughts and encouragement from honorable people around the world. I am sure that this summit will inspire people to strive for a peaceful, prosperous and non-violent society.
The emissary of the Pope said that non-violence will become the hallmark of decisions, relations, actions and politics of humanity.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also said the meeting of leaders that took place in Colombia will be of help in avoiding ideological divisions, economic disparities and religious differences facing humanity.
"I am sure that with the presence of so many honored Laureates from around the world we will not let people fall back into pessimism, we will keep their hope alive and we will bring peace and prosperity back to this beautiful country that is Colombia," finished Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The plenaries, forums, Youth Program and cultural agenda of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates will continue on February 3rd and 4th. Approximately 400 young people from five continents who traveled to Colombia to present their proposals on peacebuilding will join Laureates at the Summit.