Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights
The 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, themed “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights,” marked the first time the event was held in North America. The themes of the Chicago Summit was centered on peace, human rights and youth involvement. The three-day Chicago World Summit featured moderated discussions with Nobel Peace Laureates that was streamed live around the globe, providing a rare opportunity for audience members to observe and engage the world’s most notable figures in a discussion on global peace and human rights.
The Chicago Summit placed a special emphasis on engaging and empowering youth to action in their communities and world. The Permanent Secretariat have partened with Chicago Public Schools and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to connect Nobel Laureates in sharing their powerful stories directly with Chicago Public School students. The theme of the 2012 Summit was used as a call-to-action for young people to enact change in their classrooms and communities.