BOGOTA – The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates concluded on Saturday in the Colombian capital of Bogota, with a call to fight the ills afflicting humanity, marking an end to three days of discussions on topics such as democracy and human rights in the world.
The last day of the summit was dedicated to peace in Colombia and the challenges to the peace agreement signed between the government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas, a process that has the support of the attending laureates.
The final declaration of the summit was read by the 1997 Nobel winner from the United States, Jody Williams, recognized for her work in banning anti-personnel landmines.
In the text, the laureates call for action by governments, civil society and youth to eradicate evils such as nuclear arms, anti-personnel mines, drug-trafficking and other drug related crimes, and corruption.
They also urged all countries to tackle hate speech centered on ethnicity, race, religion, gender, disability, among others.
The closing ceremony, besides ratifying this text, served to give awards to people who have contributed towards the development of peace in Colombia, Latin America and the world.
The “Peace Summit Award” was presented to Richard Branson, whose “Virgin Unite” organization seeks to create non-profit initiatives to help the world “eliminate wars and conflicts through practical solutions.”
Branson said his action focuses on ending two wars in particular: the war on drugs and against climate change.
“None have been won, and both are the great threats of the world today, so it is necessary to act quickly to eradicate them,” he said.
Colombian President and 2016 Nobel laureate Juan Manuel Santos presented the Colombia charter, a document drafted during the Summit and written by the laureates which contains “Ten principles for peace proposed as a legacy for all humanity.”