World Summit on Nobel Peace Laureates. (Reflections)

By Roche, Douglas | UN Chronicle, March-May 2003 | Go to article overview

World Summit on Nobel Peace Laureates. (Reflections)


Roche, Douglas, UN Chronicle


The view from the balcony of the Campidoglio, overlooking the ruins of the Roman Forum, provides a good perspective on the war culture of the modern age. Not even the might of the Roman Empire could prevent its collapse; yet, the human spirit soared again and again through the ages to create the vibrancy of today's Rome.

The Campidoglio provided the setting for a remarkable gathering from 18 to 20 October 2002 of Nobel Peace laureates to consider the principal challenges of our time: widespread war, violence, terrorism, poverty, water and the ecological crisis. The laureates sought solutions leading to a new world order emphasizing peace, humanity and equity.

Organized by Mikhail Gorbachev, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 and now heads the Gorbachev Foundation, and Walter Veltroni, Mayor of Rome, this was the third such Nobel gathering. The other attendees included: Adolfo Perez Esquivel (1980), Lech Walesa (1983), Rigoberta Menchu (1992), Joseph Rotblat (1995) and Betty Williams (1976), as well as representatives of these Nobel Prize-winning organizations: Institut de Droit International, International Peace Bureau, International Red Cross, American Friends Service Committtee, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organization, Amnesty International, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Medecins Sans Frontieres and the United Nations. Messages were sent by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2001), Yasser Arafat (1994) and Au ng San Suu Kyi (1991).

Though the topics of the meeting were weighty indeed, it opened on a light note with the presentation of the 'Man of Peace" prize to Italian actor-director Roberto Benigni who, seizing the baton, conducted a children's choir to the delight of the astonished singers. It was this moment that perhaps best captured the hope that animated the meeting.

The Nobel laureates quickly asserted that war clouds notwithstanding, they refused to accept the cynicism and despair that crushes hope and vision. In fact, they began their final statement by affirming "our common humanity and capacity to work cooperatively, informed by compassion and inspired by love. Our humanity demands this."

Mr. Gorbachev eloquently and firmly outlined the crisis of our civilization brought about by war, violence and the instability caused by poverty. The status quo of dominance by a few cannot be allowed to continue. He warned about the over-abundance of power in the North Atlantic Organization (NATO), expanding once again, which possesses 70 per cent of the military power in the world. Quoting President John F. Kennedy's famous address to the American University on 10 June 1963, Mr. Gorbachev said a Pax Americana was not what was needed today; rather, the cooperation of all must overcome the tendencies of unilateral domination. Thirty-one countries now have the ability to develop a nuclear weapon--a terrifying situation.

He excoriated Governments for pleading that they do not have enough money to cure poverty but, at the same time, spend enormous sums on arms. He especially criticized the development of nuclear weapons--this will go on and on, he said, unless the world community is energized to stop it. Certainly, new weapons were not needed to fight terrorism.

A principled position against nuclear weapons should be taken, he urged. The world could contribute to the alleviation of terrorism by implementing new models of development. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

World Summit on Nobel Peace Laureates. (Reflections)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.