The 15th annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates begins Friday, November 13, in Barcelona with this year’s theme: “Advocating for Refugees. Achieving World Peace”
Sponsored by Mazda cars Spain, this year’s summit brings together Nobel Peace Prize recipients with representatives of international peace-endorsing organisations and other leaders to confront what is one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.
The laureates attending include Yemeni journalist and human rights activist Tawakkol Karman, Iranian lawyer and activist ShirinEbadi, and Óscar Arias Sánchez, a former president of Costa Rica. Joining them are representatives of prominent NGOs like the International Peace Bureau, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the International Labour Organisation.
Aside from providing funds and a fleet of Mazda6s, as official transportation, Mazda who organised the event will also host a “Modern Tools of Advocacy” at the carmaker’s event hub in Barcelona.
Mazda expects some 200 participants at the workshop, which starts with a keynote address by former South African President F. W. de Klerk, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for helping end apartheid. The session also examines the promotion of peaceful initiatives from a media perspective, featuring distinguished journalists such as the BBC’s Yalda Hakim.