Nobel laureates come together for peace

Five Nobel Peace prize winners will share the same stage for one afternoon at Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace. Not only will these Nobel laureates – including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Betty Williams, and Mairead Maguire – come together for this event, but they will also discuss how we can all come together to create positive change.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama won the 1989 Nobel Peace prize for promoting constructive and non-violent solutions to international conflicts. Similarly, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the prize in 1984 for his non-violent efforts to end apartheid. Tutu was only the second South African to win the award. Both His Holiness and Tutu have been great ambassadors of the Nobel Peace prize, often traveling together sharing their thoughts on nurturing peace and compassion.

Jody Williams, the Vancouver Peace Summit’s most recent prize winner, was awarded the Peace prize in 1997 for her efforts to ban anti-personnel mines across the world. In the course of a few years, Jody and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) were able to make great strides to making the ban a reality.

Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace prize in 1976 for their work in founding Community for Peace People, an organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Mairead was 32 at the time, making her the youngest ever recipient of the award. The two co-winners also co-founded, along with Jody Williams among others, the Nobel Women’s Initiative, an organization dedicated to strengthening women’s rights around the world.

The session will also feature Karen Armstrong who will share her TED Talks “Charter for Compassion”.

For more information about our speakers, visit Watch Mairead Maguire in a special interview.


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