He will be forever the core of the Permanent Secretariat
The last president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev passed away on August, 30 at the age of 91.
In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev was appointed the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Soon afterwards he announced “perestroika”, a series of reforms which aimed at democratisation of the state and moving towards a market-oriented economy.
Mikhail Gorbachev was a man that will be forever kept in world history for opening up the Soviet Union, ending the Cold War and opening the Iron Curtain between the East and West and giving a path for Eastern European countries to move towards democracy.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his advocacy for nuclear disarmament and the strengthening of global security.
For the past 22 years Mikhail Gorbachev was the Chair of the WSNPL, the institution he launched in 1999 to spread peace and to act peace together with his fellow Nobel Peace Laureates. For us he was and remains the core of our organisation and an endless inspiration. Working together with him all these years was an honour and a privilege we will cherish by bringing forward his legacy.
The team of the Permanent Secretariat of the WSNPL sends sincere condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and all those who cherished the work and life with Mikhail Gorbachev.