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The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates started with a tribute to the victims in Paris

Sessions of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates today started with a tribute to Paris and a minute of silence to honor the victims of the tragedy. Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Jody Williams and Betty Williams spoke on the attacks before discussing the role of women in democracy.

In a speech, Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman emphasized her deepest condolences regarding the attacks that happened yesterday in the French capital.

“I’m totally shocked and so sad about what happened in Paris,” Karman said. “Nothing can describe my sadness and the one of other people all around the world. In the state of other people, in the state of humanity, we’re against what happened in Paris. It is an awful crime. And it represents the people who are behind it, it represents the people who finance it, who manage it.“

“I call you all to research who benefits from this crime and to link between the crime and the dictators. The victims of that crime are our countries, people from the whole world, people who dream and represent the movement of peace, justice and equality. Who want to make this world a better place to live and make our future better. Let’s stand for France.”

In case you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Communication Team of the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates:

Ekaterina Tolkunova, Head of the Communication Team, tolkunova@gmail.com

Anastasia Mityagina, PR Coordinator, intelligence.de@gmail.com

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Background

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as the most important annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organisations, students, and professors from around the globe since 1999. Over the last fourteen years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have been honoured with participation from numerous Nobel Peace Laureate individuals and organisations, including: President Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres, President Óscar Arias Sánchez, President Lech Walesa, President Jimmy Carter, President José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, and other globally recognised leaders. The Summit is held annually in different locations across the globe in cooperation with the participant cities and with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureate foundations and organisations. The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation with its Executive Board based in Rome and Moscow.

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Nobel Summit Peace Laureates awarded Arcadi Oliveres and René Pérez Residente

Nobel Summit Peace Laureates awarded Arcadi Oliveres and René Pérez Residente

15.11.2015, Barcelona, Spain – Every year the participants of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates present two prizes – the Nobel Summit Peace Award and the Nobel Summit Peace Medal – to activists, supporters of the movement for freedom and civil rights fighters. These awards are usually given to famous people who put their efforts on making the world a better place to live.

The Nobel Summit Peace Medal was presented to Spanish economist Arcadi Oliveres Boadella. Born in Barcelona in 1945, Arcadi is famous in Catalonia, Spain and around the world for fighting for democratic and political freedom during Franco’s dictatorship. He was a member of the Sindicat Democràtic d‘Estudiants (Democratic Students Union) and participated in the Assamblea de Catalunya (Assembly of Catalunya) during the 1970s. With this association, in the summer of 1976 he organized the Marxa per la Llibertat (March for Freedom) around Catalonia, with the slogan, “Llibertat, Amnistia, Estatut d’Autonomia” (Freedom, Amnesty and Autonomy Statute). In 1981, Arcadi started work with Justicia i Pau (Peace and Justice), a Christian organization dedicated to promoting human rights and peace. He has been the president of this organization from 2002 to 2014.

The Nobel Summit Peace Award 2015 was given to René Pérez Joglar, known as Residente, former vocal lider of Calle 13.

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Background

René Pérez Joglar, (born February 23, 1978 in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, better known by his stage name “Residente”, is a Puerto Rican lead singer and composer, former vocal leader of the Puerto Rican band Calle 13, which also includes his siblings Ileana (“PG-13 or ILE (singer)”) and Eduardo (“Visitante”). He began his career singing reggaeton, but has moved away from the genre, taking an experimental and varied approach to music, with his lyrics being more geared to social and political concerns which combines hip-hop and urban with various Latin American musical styles.

Arcadi Oliveres Boadella was born in Barcelona in 1945. He studied Economics at the Universitat de Barcelona and achieved a PhD in 1993 with his thesis titled: the Defense Economy Cicle. In his thesis he explained the relation between the public expense for military issues and the armament industry. After this, he gained admission to the Department of Applied Economy at the Political Science Faculty at Universitat de Barcelona. In his younger years, Arcadi was involved in several social and catholic movements, fighting in favour of democratic and the political freedom during the Spanish dictatorship. He was member of the Sindicat Democràtic d‘Estudiants (Democratic Students Union) and during the 70’s he participated in the Assamblea de Catalunya (Assembly of Catalunya). With this association in the summer of 1976, he organized the Marxa per la Llibertat (March for Freedom) all around Catalonia, claiming “Llibertat, Amnistia, Estatut d’Autonomia” (Freedom, Amnesty and Autonomy Statute).

 

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as the most important annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organisations, students, and professors from around the globe since 1999. Over the last fourteen years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have been honoured with participation from numerous Nobel Peace Laureate individuals and organisations, including: President Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres, President Óscar Arias Sánchez, President Lech Walesa, President Jimmy Carter, President José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, and other globally recognised leaders. The Summit is held annually in different locations across the globe in cooperation with the participant cities and with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureate foundations and organisations. The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation with its Executive Board based in Rome and Moscow.

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Nobel Laureates present their final declaration at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Barcelona

Nobel Laureates present their final declaration at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Barcelona

Refugees: meeting the challenge to our humanity

 

15.11.2015, Barcelona, Spain – The 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates concluded its sessions with a final statement prepared by the Laureates on Sunday. The final declaration expressed sympathy for the victims of Paris and called for people around the world to think and act with compassion toward the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes.

“We, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Organisations, in the presence of youth from all over the world, gathered together in Barcelona from 12 – 15 November 2015, have considered issues affecting world peace – with special emphasis on the current refugee and migration crisis,” the declaration said.

“We are profoundly shocked and outraged by the barbaric killing of more than 150 innocent people

in Paris on the evening of 13 November. We express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims and with the people of France. This outrageous attack stresses the urgent need to address the root causes of the current refugee crisis and insecurity in the world. This situation should not be abused to demonise refugees and the Muslim community.

“As Nobel Peace Laureates and Laureate organisations we join with millions of individuals, organisations, communities and cities who every day make a difference by working for a better and more peaceful world.”

“We collectively raise our voices in compassion for the millions of refugees who have been forced to leave their homes. We affirm that the manner in which we honour and protect their inherent dignity and human rights is a measure of our own humanity. We are particularly concerned about the plight of women and children whose lives have been devastated by conflict, repression and deprivation. We must and can eliminate the conditions that compel people to leave from their homes.”

“The refugee and migration crisis does not exist in isolation. It is a symptom of the broader problems that confront humanity that include continuing conflict in many countries; the consequences of militarism, extreme nationalism and the use of force and proxy wars by global powers in pursuit of strategic, financial and ideological interests; distorted religious beliefs that lead to horrific acts of violence; the failure of governance characterised by rampant corruption, persecution and the absence of democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law; the gross inequalities in opportunities and in economic and social wellbeing between and within the so-called developed and developing countries; the failure to accommodate, tolerate and appreciate the value of religious, cultural and ethnic diversity; the growing impact of climate change that will increasingly threaten food security and disrupt the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the most vulnerable societies; and the criminal exploitation of refugees by human smugglers.”

“We believe that many of these problems can be solved if the international community fulfils its commitment to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that nations have already adopted as the framework for a comprehensive, practical and achievable path to a secure and peaceful future.”

We also call on the international community to address the root causes of the refugee and migration crisis while assuring access to asylum; redouble efforts to bring peace to Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine, Palestine/Israel, Somalia, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and other societies in conflict in a process that includes the peoples involved – especially women – and concerned nations; denounce and reject the use of distorted religious doctrines and ideologies to justify violence by placing perverted beliefs above compassion and other universal values; ensure that refugee children have adequate access to education and health care; promote good governance based on respect for fundamental human rights and the rule of law; prevent ethnic conflict and repression by recognising the value of diversity and by protecting the rights of minorities; achieve and implement international agreements to combat climate change that bind all elements of society including government, business, finance and the military – with special focus on the forthcoming conference in Paris; identify and prosecute those responsible for human smuggling; and provide much greater support to countries bordering conflict areas which are hosting refugees – and underfunded humanitarian organisations aiding refugees.”

“True security will never be achieved by military force or by the possession and threat of nuclear weapons. It requires adherence to international humanitarian law and global cooperation in meeting the authentic needs of humanity. We call on the nations of the world to redirect each year at least 10% of annual military expenditure of over 1.8 trillion dollars to implement the programs required for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; implement fully the Arms Trade Treaty and end illicit arms trading; put an immediate end to any new arms race – especially the modernisation of nuclear arsenals and the pursuit of fully autonomous weapons systems; and fulfil the legal obligation to commence negotiations now to eliminate nuclear weapons.”

 

Contact person for the media:

 Anastasia Mityagina, PR Coordinator, intelligence.de@gmail.com

 

Background

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as the most important annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organisations, students, and professors from around the globe since 1999. Over the last fourteen years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have been honoured with participation from numerous Nobel Peace Laureate individuals and organisations, including: President Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres, President Óscar Arias Sánchez, President Lech Walesa, President Jimmy Carter, President José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, and other globally recognised leaders. The Summit is held annually in different locations across the globe in cooperation with the participant cities and with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureate foundations and organisations. The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation with its Executive Board based in Rome and Moscow.

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