At the moment the capital of Poland is hosting the event which is held in Central and Eastern Europe for the first time. It is guided by the motto “Stand in solidarity for peace – time to act”.
According to Piotr Gulczyński, President of the Executive Board of the Lech Wałęsa Institute, this year’s motto gained a special significance because thirty years ago Lech Wałęsa was awarded the Nobel Prize for his commitment to the peaceful resolution of the problems faced by contemporary Poland.
The main issues to be discussed are human rights, safety, peace and social values during crisis times.
The Summit has started in the Palace of Culture and Science and is to be closed on Wednesday in the National Opera where Peace Summit Award 2013 will be given to American star Sharon Stone for her supporting HIV positives and AIDS sufferers. This award is handed to high-profile cultural, entertainment and sport personalities who champion for human rights. For example, in Chicago, the Award was presented to the Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn in recognition of his involvement in relief actions for earthquake victims in Haiti. In previous years, the Peace Summit Award has been given to, among others, former Italian footballer Roberto Baggio for his global charitable work, British singer Annie Lennox for her engagement in the struggle with AIDS in Africa, and U2 frontman Bono, who was awarded for his campaign to cancel the debts of the poorest countries in the world. The first winner of the Award was Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni, creator of La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful), an Oscar-winning tragicomedy about life in a concentration camp.
His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV, former President of South Africa Frederik Willem de Klerk, the first USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi and other will be participating in the planned debate sessions. In general, about 6,000 gueasts are expected to take part in the summit.
The history of the annual World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates dates back to 1999, the year marking the first Summit held in Rome at the initiative of the Gorbachev Foundation, an international NGO found by the former leader of the USSR.
Belsat, following PAP