World Summit of Nobel Laureates: good-bye Atlanta; hello Europe
By Maria Saporta
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates has made it official.
The organization that had awarded the 2015 Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to Atlanta back in 2013 issued a release late Thursday afternoon confirming that it is moving on.
At its last meeting in Rome on May 3, a working committee of Nobel Laureates had given Atlanta a chance to come up with a final proposal that would be “acceptable to all parties.”
Specifically, the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates said that it would require the involvement of the City of Atlanta, which then was exploring a partnership with the Rotary Club of Atlanta to host the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
“Following the recent decision of the Rotary Club of Atlanta not to co-host the 2015 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, official organizer of the event, will organize the Summit in Europe as was also decided to proceed at the Rome meeting in May in case a commonly accepted solution is not in place in Atlanta,” the release stated.
The board of Atlanta Rotary voted unanimously on Monday to not proceed with the Summit because of potential liabilities associated with hosting an event without having worked out a clear understanding and relationship with Yunus Creative Labs and its CEO – Mohammad Bhuiyan – who originally had been organizing the Atlanta Summit. Bhuiyan has been telling people he will still hold a Summit, but if he does, it will be without the support of the City of Atlanta, the Permanent Secretariat, Atlanta’s only living Nobel Laureate President Jimmy Carter (2002) among others.
In its statement, the Permanent Secretariat “expressed its deepest gratitude to Mayor Kasim Reed, the Board of Rotary Club of Atlanta and all the prominent personalities of the City who tried to reach a positive solution during the past weeks and hopes for a successful collaboration in the future.”
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, is internationally recognized as an important annual peacemaking event – attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students and professors from around the globe since 1999.
Over the last 14 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 Walesa, President Jimmy Carter, President José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, Jody Williams, Mohamed El Baradei, Betty Williams, Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Tawakkol Karman, Lehman Gbowee, 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.
The event will also see the high-profile announcement of the winner of the Peace Summit Award, which has been won by Bernardo Bertolucci, Sharon Stone, Sean Penn, Roberto Baggio, Annie Lennox, Bono, George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldoff, Cat Stevens, the Italian National Football Team and Robert Benigni.