History of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders and organizations from around the globe. The Summit is organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in partnership with the hosting municipalities.
Over the last eleven years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have featured participation by numerous Nobel Peace Laureate individuals and organizations, including: President Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres, Professor Muhammad Yunus, President Óscar Arias Sánchez, President Lech Wałęsa, President José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Rt. Hon. Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, Kim Dae Yung, Jody Williams, Betty Williams, Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Professor Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Dr. Rigoberta Menchù Tum, President Frederik Willem de Klerk, United Nations Children’s Fund, Pugwash Conferences, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, International Peace Bureau, American Friends Service Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Labour Organization, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency, Grameen Bank and Red Cross.
A Look Back on Past World Summits
2010 – 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “The Legacy of Hiroshima: A World Without Nuclear Weapons” November 2010, HIROSHIMA 2010 Peace Summit Award recipient: Robert Baggio, for his activism on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi and for his support to several important activities in favor of hospitals, foundations and charities in many countries of the world.
2009 – 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “Breaking Down New Walls for a World Without Violence” November 2009, BERLIN 2009 Peace Summit Award recipient: Annie Lennox, for her engagement in the fight against the HIV pandemic in South Africa. Annie Lennox’s SING campaign started to raise funds and awareness and to bring about support and change.
2008 – 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “Human Rights and A World Without Violence” December 2008, PARIS 2008 Peace Summit Award recipient: Bono, for his long-lasting engagement in the campaign for debt cancellation in third world countries and for his efforts to raise public awareness of the Millennium Development Goals.
2007 – 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “The Next Generation” December 2007, ROME 2007 Peace Summit Award recipients: George Clooney and Don Cheadle, for their strong engagement in favor of pacification in the tortured Darfur region and for having contributed to saving human lives and alleviating suffering.
2006 – 7th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “Atom for Peace or Atom for War?” November 2006, ROME 2006 Peace Summit Award recipients: Peter Gabriel, for his commitment to human rights and for his outspoken rejection of war as a means to solve conflicts.
2005 – 6th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “Africa Emergency” November 2005, ROME 2005 Man for Peace Award recipient (precursor to the Peace Summit Award): Bob Geldof, for being the key organizer of the 2005 Live8 benefit concerts to draw awareness and lobby politicians to wipe out debt owed by developing countries.
2004 – 5th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “A United World or a Divided World? Multiethnicity, Human Rights, Terrorism” November 2004, ROME 2004 Man for Peace Award recipient: Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), for having devoted himself to the cases of thousands of children and their families in countries tormented by war, such as Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Iraq.
2003 – 4th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “Ethics in Policy, Economics and Science” November 2003, ROME 2003 Man for Peace Award recipients: Italian National Singers’ Football Team, for having raised, in over 400 matches played over 22 years, more than 40 million euro for humanitarian initiatives in many countries of the world.
2002 – 3rd World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “Water Emergency and Other Emergencies of the Planet” October 2002, ROME 2002 Man for Peace Award recipient: Robert Benigni, for the messages of peace, brotherhood and integration given out through his films to the whole world.
2000 – 2nd World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “Poverty and Remission of the International Debt of Underdeveloped Countries” November 2000, ROME Participants and guests included: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and UNICEF.
1999 – 1st World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Theme: “New Policies for the 21st Century” April 1999, ROME Participants and guests included: Dr. Rigoberta Menchù Tum, Shimon Peres, Joseph Rotblat and Rt. Hon. Lord David Trimble.