For the first time, Warsaw held the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates last week, an annual gathering of previous winners of the prestigious award. This year marked the 13th edition of the event, which had never been held in the Central and Eastern Europe region before.
Actress Sharon Stone (left) in a conversation with the Speaker of the Sejm Ewa Kopacz during the summit
Courtesy of Sejm.gov.pl
Though officially chaired by former Soviet President and Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, the man who introduced perestroika and glasnost to the Soviet Union was forced to miss this year’s summit for health reasons.
This year’s motto, “Stand in solidarity for peace – time to act,” commemorated the 30th anniversary of Lech Wałęsa’s Nobel Peace Prize, which he received for leading the Solidarity movement that eventually toppled communism in Poland.
Mr Wałęsa was the guest of honor at the summit, during which he called for “10 secular commandments,” a list of guidelines that would help shape the future.
“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said, without specifying exactly what rules he had in mind.
Guests of the summit included Nobel Peace Prize winners, such as the Dalai Lama, former Prime Minister of South Africa Frederik Willem de Klerk, economist Mohammad Yunus and Northern Irish peace activists Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams.
A special award for her work in HIV/AIDS prevention and education was given to US actress Sharon Stone.
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