Regions present at the XVI World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

Regions present at the XVI World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

  • Social and business leaders from different regions of the country were invited to the Summit by the Ford Foundation.
  • The group participated in the "Peace, Diversity and Inclusion" panel, which sought to call attention to the concept of peace as an inclusive and participatory process. 

Leaders from different regions of the country are present at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, organized by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit.

These leaders were invited to participate in the "Peace, Diversity and Inclusion" panel by the Ford Foundation, an entity that has invested in innovative ideas, visionary individuals and avant-garde institutions for more than 80 years in order to promote human dignity worldwide.

Peace is an inclusive and participatory process for the Ford Foundation. This is why it is important for the Summit to involve all regions of the country, so they may contribute their diversity to the general welfare.

One of the entities supported by the Ford Foundation is the National Association of Peasant Users (ANUC), recognized for its work in peace activism, represented in Bogotá by Juan Esteban Chindoy, of Putumayo.

The foundation joins Colombian peasants and develops peace education workshops in four parts of the country (North, South, East and West). "The panel invites us to build peace for all and the youth invite us to leave the discursive issue aside and move forward with action," said Juan Esteban Chindoy.

El Chocó was also present at the Summit. Jessymar Álvarez came on behalf of the Colombian Pacific community, which has made progress thanks to the work of leaders like him who, supported by the Ford Foundation, have delved into ethical issues in order to disseminate this seed and allow the region to reach its full potential in a few years.

What most caught the attention of the Forum is that panelists urged the audience not to lose hope. "I'm leaving this Summit with great enthusiasm," said Jessymar Alvarez. Although there are many difficulties in Chocó, I hope that I can share what I have learned with other leaders and continue to dream about the Chocó that we long for”.

Mabel Torres participated in the panel, and has developed ideas of community innovation to generate sustainable businesses from the biodiversity of the Pacific. Leaders from different parts of Colombia also participated including Maria Mónica Acuña, Daniel Duque, Soraya Bayuelo and Pastora Mira García, who are counting on sustainable peace.

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates will finish tomorrow when the nearly 30 Laureates who traveled to Bogotá to participate in this international dialogue read the declarations and commitments that both Colombia and the world have for building a kinder society.