Building roads to peace.


Bogota – 16th Summit 2-5 February 2017

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Humanity’s most precious dream has been that of a peaceful existence. A life carried out in dignity, respect, productivity; a life free of fear. This dream is the core of hope pulling people through the most difficult conditions, because to many, this dream has remained little more than a utopian aspiration.

Establishing the rule of law that strives to enforce this life for the people it serves has been the intent of democracy. Maintaining normal life in times of conflict should be a natural byproduct in ensuring the well being of the majority. For this reason, democracies continue to be a means to achieve peace and create prosperous societies, provided that these are inclusive and hold the well being of its citizens at heart. A peaceful society is unlikely to attack another, as it would jeopardize this precious harmony. Both internal and external peace is strengthened by a just and compassionate rule of law. The experience in Latin America is a testimony that what seem like irreconcilable differences in societies, can find reconciliation through dialogue and civility, with the shared vision and will for peace in mind.

Though we have never lived in a world so aware of injustice and active towards change, inequality margins are widening, and youth unemployment is on the rise; it is more imperative than ever that democracies build roads to peace at a local and global level.

For sustainable peace, the strengthening of democratic institutions is indispensable. We need transparency in governance, and an organized and participatory civil society with strong channels of dialogue. Vulnerabilities must be addressed, by generating quality education and opportunities for all, ensuring gender equality and including young people in initiatives, making of them an essential factor in itself to sustainable productivity and development. Violence often erupts when it is least expected and what was built over many years of hard work can disappear in days.

For the Sixteenth World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Colombia has been chosen as the platform to move this conversation forward, in discussing the many admirable undertaken peace processes from which there is so much to learn. After over 50 years of continued violence, the peace agreement has been signed between the government and the FARC. It is a historic milestone, for it has been through dialogue and political will between both parties and the support of the people of Colombia that a comprehensive peace agreement has been reached. Hence, the Summit has also been carried out within a spirit of exchange of ideas and experiences from the Colombian people and the international community.

During these four days in Bogota some of the world’s most inspiring successful advocates of social, political, community, international, and personal peace have gathered to address present challenges with inspiration and practical solutions. This Summit has focused on discussions and examples of the many roads that need to be built in societies in order to attain sustainable peace.

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Nobel Peace Laureates

Lord William David Trimble, Nobel Peace Laureate
Dr Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate
Dr Rigoberta Menchu’ Tum, Nobel Peace Laureate
Prof. Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate, Stephen Goose wife
Mr. Stephen Goose, Nobel Peace Laureate, Jody Williams husband
President Josè Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate
President Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Laureate
President Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace Laureate
Ms Tawakkul Karman, Nobel Peace Laureate
Ms Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate
Mr Mohamed El Baradei, Nobel Peace Laureate
Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate
Mr Philip Lord, Clerk, American Friends Service Committee
Mr Marcelo Gustavo Kohen, Secretary General , Institute of International Law
Ms Lisa Pelletti Clark, International Peace Bureau, Co-President
Mr William Anthony Kirsopp Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Dr Ira Helfand, Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Mr Daniel Bassey, Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Ms Bouchamaoui Ouidad, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet – President, Union Tunisienne de l’industrie, du Commerce et de L’artisanat
Mr Hoe Sung Lee, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Mr José Manuel Salazar-Xirinach, Regional Director of the ILO for Latin America and the Caribbean
Mr Carlos Trottas, President, Médecins Sans Frontières Latin America
Mr Martin Santiago, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Colombia
Mr Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Colombia and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia
Mr Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia
Mr. Jozef Merkx, UNHCR Representative in Colombia
Amb. Sergio Duarte, Pugwash Conferences Council member
Mr Christoph Harnisch, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) Delegation in Colombia


Mr Alexander Likhotal, President, Green Cross International
Ms Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Center
Ms Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
Amb. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador of Kenya to the UN
Ms Liv Tørres, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Center in Oslo
Ms Catalina Escobar, Foundation Juan Felipe Escobar
Mr Marc Dullaert, President, Kids Rights
Mr Joel Bouzou, Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
Ms Heidi Kuhn, Roots of Peace
Mr Shlomo Ben Ami, Diplomatic
Father Francisco De Roux, Social and Jesuit leader
Mr Bruce Mac Master, President, Asociación Nacional de Industriales ANDI
Mr Bernardo Killsberg, Economist and Pioneer in Ethics for Development
Hon Rafael Pardo, Minister of Labour of Colombia
Prof. Briggitte Bautista, Professor, Universidad Javeriana
Hon. Yanet Giha, Ministry for Education of Colombia
Mr Todd Howland, Office of the Human Rights High Commissioner of the United Nations, representative in Colombia
Mr Juan Pablo Salazar Salamanca, Activist for social inclusion and human rights
Mr Humberto De la Calle, Team of the Government with FARC
Mr Sergio Jaramillo, High Commissioner for Peace of Colombia
Mr Jeison Aristisabal, CNN Hero from Colombia
Mr Daniel Coronel, Colombian journalist and President of News for Univision in the United States
Ms Laura Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation, Chairperson; Mother & Others for Clean Air, Co-founder; Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Co-founder;
Ms Dawn Engle, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Peace Jam




Place: Main auditorium

  • National Anthem of Colombia – Cecilia Silva
  • Hymn of Bogota, D.C. – Youth Student Music Group IDARTES
  • Commemorative ceremony in honor of the victims of armed conflict and future generations – Victus

Words from Laureates to the victims of the conflict in Colombia:

Schedule: 8:00 A.M. – 9:40 A.M.

Place: Main auditorium

  • Tawakkol Karman – Yemen, 2011 Laureate
  • Remarks by Bogota Chamber of Commerce President – Mónica de Greiff
  • Remarks by Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Laureates President – Ekaterina Zagladina
  • Remarks by Nobel Peace Laureates Representative
  • Remarks by Bogota Mayor – Enrique Peñalosa
  • Remarks by President of Colombia – Juan Manuel Santos


The voices of the Nobel Peace Prize

Schedule: 9:10 A.M. – 10:40 A.M.

Place: Main auditorium

Strengthening democratic governance requires strong and effective institutions capable of responding to the concerns and needs of its citizens, contributing to the promotion of peace, development and prosperity. The panel will discuss democratic governance in society.

  • Lech Walesa – Poland, 1983 Laureate
  • Óscar Arias Sánchez – Costa Rica, 1987 Laureate
  • Mikhail Gorbachev – Russia, 1990 Laureate
  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum – Guatemala, 1992 Laureate
  • José Ramos Horta – East Timor, 1996 Laureate
  • Padre Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo – East Timor, 1996 Laureate
  • Jody Willliams – United States, 1997 Laureate
  • Lord David Trimble – Northern Ireland, 1998 Laureate
  • Shirin Ebadi – Iran, 2003 Laureate
  • Mohamed El Baradei – Egypt, 2005 Laureate
  • Tawakkul Karman – Yemen, 2011 Laureate
  • Leymah Gbowee – Liberia, 2011 Laureate
  • Kailash Satyarthi – India, 2014 Laureate
  • Juan Manuel Santos – Colombia, 2016 Laureate
  • Jean Arnault – France, Special Representative of the United Nations Mission in Colombia
  • Moderator: Shlomo Ben-Ami – Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace and former Foreign Minister of Israel


A call to our Humanity.

SCHEDULE: 10:50 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.

Place: Main auditorium

This panel seeks to share thoughts on peace, reconciliation and our sense of humanity, particularly in post-conflict situations.

  • Jose Ramos-Horta – East Timor – 1996 Laureate
  • Father Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo – East Timor, 1996 Laureate
  • Lord David Trimble – Northern Ireland, 1998 Laureate
  • Christoph Harnisch – Switzerland, Head of the ICRC Delegation in Colombia – 1917, 1944, 1963 Laureate Organization
  • Steve Goose.- United States, Founder and Director of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines – 1997 Laureate Organization
  • Eamon Gilmore – Ireland, Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia of the European Union – 2012 Laureate Organization
  • Father Francisco de Roux, S.J – Colombia, Jesuit Leader
  • Moderator: Claudia Palacios – Colombia, Journalist


Peace, Employment and Opportunity.

SCHEDULE: 14:00 P.M. – 15:30 P.M.

Place: Main auditorium

This panel will discuss the role of the private sector and its contribution to sustainable peace and inclusive economic growth, as well as the well-being of society.

  • José Manuel Salazar – Costa Rica, ILO Regional Director for Latin America. 1969 Laureate Organization
  • Sergio Duarte – Brazil, Pugwash Conference Member, 1995 Laureate Organization. Ambassador and High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs
  • Mónica de Greiff – Colombia, Bogota Chamber of Commerce President
  • Bruce Mac Master – Colombia, National Association of Industrialists President
  • Bernardo Kliksberg – Argentina, World pioneer in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. International Professor of EAN University
  • Rafael Pardo Rueda – Colombia, High Counselor for Post-Conflict
  • Kerry Kennedy – United States, Robert. F Kennedy Foundation for Human Rights President
  • Moderator: María Victoria Llorente – Colombia, Ideas for Peace Foundation Executive Director



Articulating Agendas of the Future.

SCHEDULE: 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Place: Main auditorium

In this panel global experts on sustainable development will reflect on the relationship between peacebuilding and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Mohamed El Baradei – Egypt, 2005 Laureate
  • Ira Helfand – United States, Director of the International Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – 1985 Laureate Organization
  • Macharia Kamau – Kenya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, 2001
  • Martín Santiago – Spain, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Colombia – 2001 Laureate Organization
  • Carlos Trotta – Argentina, President of Doctors Without Borders Latin America – 1999 Laureate Organization
  • Hoesung Lee – South Korea, International Panel on Climate Change – 2007 Laureate Organization
  • Briggite Baptiste – Colombia, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute
  • Moderator: Liv Torres – Norway, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center (Oslo)


The Virtuous Circle.

SCHEDULE: 10:40 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

Place: Main auditorium

This space seeks to promote a discussion on the importance of education in building sustainable peace.

  • Kailash Satyarthi – India, 2014 Laureate
  • Anthony Lake – United States, Executive Director of UNICEF, 1965 Laureate Organization
  • Marcelo Kohen – Argentina, International Law Institute Professor, 1904 Laureate Organization
  • Ahmed Üzümcü – Turkey, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – 2013 Laureate Organization
  • Ouided Bouchamaoui – Tunisia, Tunisian Quartet – 2015 Laureate Organization
  • Yaneth Giha – Colombia, Minister of Education of Colombia
  • Irina Bokova, Bulgaria, General Director of UNESCO
  • Moderator: Rafael Grasa – Spain, Former ICIP President and Expert Advisor


A beautiful factory of humanity.

SCHEDULE: 14:00 P.M. – 15:30 P.M.

Place: Main auditorium

This space seeks to encourage a discussion on peace, diversity and social, political and economic inclusion.

  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum – Guatemala, 1992 Laureate
  • Jody Williams – United States, 1997 Laureate
  • Shirin Ebadi – Iran, 2003 Laureate
  • Leymah Roberta Gbowee – Liberia, 2011 Laureate
  • Phil Lord – United States, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – 1947 Laureate Organization
  • Juan Pablo Salazar Salamanca – Colombia, Activist for Social Inclusion and Human Rights. Youth Representative
  • Todd Howland – United States, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights Representative in Colombia
  • Catalina Escobar – Colombia, Founder and Director of the Juan Felipe Sandoval Foundation
  • Moderator: Jineth Bedoya – Colombia, Journalist and Activist for Women’s Rights



Lessons Learned.

SCHEDULE: 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Place: Main auditorium

This space seeks to promote a discussion on specific cases related to peace processes, with the objective of identifying best practices in each country. Seeks to make visible the good practices of each case presented.

  • Humberto de la Calle – Colombia, Head of the Government Negotiating Team with the FARC-EP
  • Sergio Jaramillo Caro – Colombia, High Commissioner for Peace
  • José Ramos Horta and Father Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo -East Timor, 1996 Laureates (East Timor Case)
  • Lord David Trimble -Northern Ireland, 1998 Laureate (Northern Ireland)
  • Jean Arnault – France, Special Representative of the United Nations Mission in Colombia
  • Moderator: Shlomo Ben-Ami – Israel, Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace and Former Foreign Minister of Israel


The momentum of commitment.

Place: Main auditorium

This space seeks to exchange thoughts on the importance of peace culture among young people and the leadership role that youth can play in promoting peace.

SCHEDULE: 10:10 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

  • Presentation by special guests

SCHEDULE: 10:40 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

  • Lech Walesa – Poland, 1983 Laureate
  • Tawakkol Karman – Yemen, 2011 Laureate
  • Lisa Clark – United States, Co-President of the International Peace Bureau – 1910 Laureate Organization
  • Jozef Merkx – Representative in Colombia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – 1954 and 1981 Laureate Organization
  • Marc Dullaert – Holland, President of Kids Rights
  • Joel Bouzou – France, President and Founder of Peace and Sport
  • Jeison Aristizábal – Colombia, CNN Hero 2016 and Youth Representative
  • Heidi Kuhn – Germany, Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace


Unity in a symphony of voices.

SCHEDULE: 14:00 P.M. – 15:30 P.M.

Place: Main auditorium

This meeting between political actors and representatives of civil society seeks to reflect on the construction of peace through national dialogue and its institutional mechanisms.

  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum – Guatemala, Laureada en 1992
  • Dr. Jennie K. Lincoln – Estados Unidos, Director Latin America and Caribbean Program, The Carter Center Nobel Peace Laureate Foundation
  • Juan Lozano – Colombia, Journalist
  • Johana Bahamón- Colombia, Actor and Activist
  • Jesús Abad Colorado – Colombia, Fotographer
  • Francisco de Roux – Colombia, Jesuit Father
  • León Teicher – Colombia, Entrepreneur
  • Marina Gallego – Colombia, Women Social Leader
  • Imelda Daza – Colombia, Voices of Peace, victim of agents of the State
  • Paula Gaviria – Colombia, Presidential Adviser for Human Rights in Colombia
  • Rodrigo Uprimny – Colombia, Academic
  • Santiago Rivas – Colombia, Presenter and Artist
  • César López – Colombia, Musician
  • Sebastián Cadavid – Colombia, Entrepreneur and Participant in the Colombian Reintegration Agency Program
  • Luis Alejandro Jiménez – Colombia, Social Leader
  • Monseñor Dario Monsalve – Colombia, Archbishop
  • Rosario Córdoba – Colombia, Private Sector Representative
  • Alicia Arango – Colombia, Political Advisor
  • Leyner Palacios – Colombia, Leader of Peacebuilding
  • Diego Alejandro Jimenez – Colombia, Adolescent Conflict Mediator
  • Mónica de Greiff – Colombia, Bogota Chamber of Commerce President
  • Manuel José Bonnet – Colombia, Excomandante of the National Army
  • Carlos Arturo Velandia – Colombia, Academic
  • Aida Quilcue – Colombia, Social Leader
  • Marcela Sánchez, Colombia, LGTBI Representative
  • Vladimir Florez – Vladdo – Colombia, Caricaturist
  • Moderator: Daniel Coronell – Colombia, Journalist


Richard Branson

The Peace Summit Award 2017 was presented on Saturday, February 4, by Colombian President and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos, joined by the 26 Nobel laureates and Nobel laureate groups attending the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

“One of the most important aspects of building peace in Colombia will be fostering entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for our young people,” said Santos. “Richard Branson is not only an internationally admired entrepreneur but has supported and encouraged young entrepreneurs and bright thinkers in Africa and other regions of the world where they can make real change. Through his work with his foundation, which has had global impact, he has also proven to be a true peace builder himself. “Richard sets an example for our young people not only as a very successful businessman, but as one who also uses that success for the good of others.”

Branson, who heads one of the world’s most respected and recognized brands in travel, mobile telephony, leisure living and more, founded Virgin Unite in 2004. The foundation has incubated programs and created networks to come up with entrepreneurial solutions to global issues including The Carbon War Room, The B Team, Ocean Unite, The Elders and the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, which trains and mentors entrepreneurs in Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere. Branson has been outspoken on the failed war on drugs, the fight for universal abolition of the death penalty, and his support of refugees caught in the current crisis.


Kerry Kennedy

Human rights activist, Kerry Kennedy, was proudly awarded at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates with this year’s Medal for Social Activism. Every year this Medal is given at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates recognizing the positive impact on social activism generated in communities throughout the world.

Human rights activist Kerry Kennedy received the Medal for Social Activism for her impactful efforts on communities throughout the world as a result of her life-long devotion to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion of basic rights and the presentation of the rule of law. She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labour, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. Kennedy has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, exposing injustices and educating audiences about women’s issues, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, sexual assault, abuse of prisoners, and more. She has led hundreds of human rights delegations and has worked closely with several Nobel Peace Laureates who continue engaging today and well before they were awarded with the Nobel Prize. In particular, this Medal recognizes Kennedy’s untiring work with the education curriculum: Speak Truth to Power, which aims at educating kids on human rights and in raising awareness on solidarity and leadership.


Leyner Palacios

Leyner Palacios lost 32 relatives and friends in 2002 when a cylinder bomb fired by the FARC bursted in a church in Boiaya (Choco) killing 500 inhabitants.

In attempt to rebuild social connections between people after the tragedy Leyner has become an important part of the Committee for the Rights of Victims of Bojayá. This society aimed to protect the rights of the victims of Bojaya and to secure that such a tragedy wouldn’t happen again. Fullfilling his duties as a part of the Committee Leyner Palacios organized a negotiation process with the FARC who made a public acknowledgment of their responsibility for the tragedy and asked community members for forgiveness. Speaking about his achievements and peacebuilding efforts Leyner Palacios stated that “As victims, we never sought for revenge against those who victimized us”.

Turner Social Change Prize

Generously funded by the Turner Foundation, this Prize is available to students and young professionals participating in the Leading by Example educational program of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

In 2017 the Prize’s Committee received 282 impressive applications for this award that the Permanent Secretariat in partnership with co-chairs Mrs. Laura Turner Seydel, Prof. David Ives of Quinnipiac University, and the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, has given to Kekashan Basu of the United Arab Emirates, Andrea Sanabria Marcelo of Colombia, Chaeli Mycroft of South Africa, and Angela Serrano of Colombia.

Kekashan Basu of the United Arab Emirates is an environmental activist who plans to use the platform of the prize to protect the mangroves ecosystem of the UAE and other coastal communities through her organization, Green Hope. Her project will involve young people living in cities close to mangroves, by first educating them about the threat to this important ecosystem, and then involving them in regular cleanups and preservation practices.

Andrea Sanabria Marcelo of Bogotá, Colombia, will work to promote tools for peace building through her project involving a national symbol of peace for Colombians — bicycles. BiciPAZenado is a citizens-based initiative in which bike users promote territories of peace and citizenship through conversation, sport, and hobby.

Chaeli Mycroft of Cape Town, South Africa, is an activist who plans to promote an inclusive civil society for children between the ages of 9 and 15, through a project called Pay-It-Forward Ambassadors. The program, which will be led by her organization, The Chaeli Campaign, aims to inspire young people to execute community-based projects around causes they are passionate about, while giving them the education and leadership skills they need to succeed.

Angela Serrano of Bogotá, Colombia, aims to promote an inclusive civil society for young people in the cities and regions of Colombia. She will accomplish her goals through an initiative known as Movilizatorio, which draws upon the collective power of civil society and seeks to empower people to act, which in turn strengthens democracy.

The winners receive not only financial support but also guidance and leadership support from the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates throughout the year.

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