Advocating for Refugees.
Achieving the World Peace.
Barcelona – 15th Summit 13-15 November 2015
The humanitarian crisis presented by lives disrupted by the civil war in Syria, drug driven corruption in Central America and Mexico, chaos arising from the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the poverty driven multiple crises arising in Africa from dysfunctional governance, the failure of the rule of law, hyper-exploitation, and environmental degradation must be met with the kind of generosity that helped make America, a nation of immigrants, dynamic, creative, entrepreneurial, and wealthy. Refugees don’t leave home because they want to; they leave because choices have run out. People who come to one’s country to seek refuge from oppression, violence, chaos, or poverty when welcomed wisely can bring enormous benefits.
Refugees or immigrants are often castigated because they are different, but in today’s world, with education and motivation, an immigrant population in one generation can excel. One need only look at the vast number of people from India or South Korea bringing enormous benefits to host countries.
Responding to today’s crises on the human and immediate level is imperative and homes must be found, but that does not sufficiently address causes. The policies advanced by Nobel Peace Laureates address the root causes of most of these crises. The Peace Laureates and Laureate organizations focus on human rights, gender equity, environmental responsibility, peace and security, conflict prevention and resolution, and disarmament. They serve as examples of how solutions can be obtained and resources redirected by ending war, diminishing the reliance on weapons and violence, particularly threats of nuclear annihilation, and promoting sustainable development and peace. The policies of the Laureates are what the world needs to prevent future refugee crises.
Peace is the currency of their lives and peace is both the solution and methodology of its achievement.
For three days in Barcelona some of the world’s most inspiring successful advocates of social, political, community, international, and personal peace will gather and address present challenges with inspiration and practical solutions.