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The Yucatan and the World Summit of Nobel laureates

Established in 1999, this summit is one of the most important and well-known events connected with world peace dialogues and, this year, it will take place in Mexico from 19-22 September.


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The summit, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, will take place in the Ciudad de Mérida, better known as the white city and the centre of Mayan culture in Mexico. It is considered a great example of promoting cultural appreciation and the participation of society to guarantee peace and harmony.

Throughout the years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have had participation from several Nobel Peace Prize-winners and Nobel Peace Organisations, including President Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, Presidents Shimon Peres, Lech Walesa, Jimmy Carter, José Ramos-Horta and Juan Manuel Santos. This also included Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, John Hume, Kim Dae Yung and other globally recognised leaders.

It has also been hosted by Rome, Paris, Berlin, Hiroshima, Warsaw, Chicago, Bogota and Barcelona.

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During the previous Summit, which took place in Bogota in February 2017, 28 Nobel Peace Prize-winners met together in the Colombian conference, joining 18,358 attendees and more than 40,000 people connected to live feeds.

They then sought to disperse the message of peace that, in this moment of its history, Colombia was experiencing.

This year, the Summit will have discussion panels with the prize-winners and with Nobel Prize-winning organisations, such as the educational programme “Lead by Example”, whose objective is to educate students in strengthening peace, leadership and ethics, according to the Nobel Peace Prize legacy.

The President of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit, Ekaterina Zagladina, has expressed that she “truly believes that the Summit will contribute, not only to Mexican society, but to everyone who is willing to understand the importance and value of diversity for human relations”.

On the other hand, Mauricio Vila Dosal, the Governor of the Yucatan, has said that “it is an opportunity for unique dialogue, to which we invite the Mexican people, the business sector, the Government and political parties, to work hand-in-hand, with the goal of starting a National Peace movement, in which it is demonstrated that, following social reconciliation, it is possible to build a better society, and that we can recover the quality of life that should be prevalent in the whole of society, and that this movement is, at the same time, a model that can be replicated to benefit humanity”.

The Summit is free and open to the public. More information about how to participate:

(Translated by Donna Davison – Email:  – Photos: Pixabay

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