The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Addresses the Environmental Sustainability Discussion


  • Increased commitment of human beings to the sustainability of the planet called for by leaders gathered at the Summit.

Leaders of different international and local organizations present at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogotá made a global call to address issues of environmental sustainability as a priority.

During the academic session, 'Peace and Sustainability: articulating the agendas of the future', Hoesung Lee, President of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2007, spoke of the need for every human being to be responsible for the negative effects that each individual generates for the environment.

Hoesung Lee from South Korean called upon the young people of the world, to become aware and begin to create changes in their habits that serve to improve the environmental sustainability of the planet. "My advice to them is that they try to find a solution on their own and not wait for their governments to do it for them," he added.

Macharia Kamau, ambassador and permanent representative of Kenya to the United Nations, explained that we must have faith in a better future and begin to make changes in our behavior to build a better world.

Carlos Trotta, representative for Latin America of Médecins Sans Frontières, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1999, called attention to the importance of creating international cooperation links aimed at promoting more effective initiatives in the face of environmental deterioration.

Brigitte Baptiste, director of the Alexander Von Humbold Institute, said that human beings have overgrown the carrying capacity of the planet and that it is necessary to raise awareness about the importance of natural resources for our survival.

Colombian scientist Baptiste said to achieve this goal it is necessary to transform the way communication conveys messages about the impact that this problem has on the daily lives of human beings. "This creates frustration among most of us, because we often do not know how we can contribute to environmental sustainability," she added.

Ira Helfand, director of the International Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, emphasized the commitment of Latin American countries not to develop nuclear weapons and urged the international community to follow this example. "We must let our leaders and governors know that we will not let them destroy our planet and that, to the contrary, we will defend and preserve it," he added.

In his speech Helfand congratulated the Colombian government for reaching a peace agreement.

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which will end next Sunday, was organized by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit, who managed to bring together nearly 30 Laureates for the first time in a Latin American city.