World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, was created in 2006. It is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, based in Rome.
The major activity of the Permanent Secretariat is organizing the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, internationally recognized as among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students and academics from around the globe since 1999.
The Permanent Secretariat organizes the Summit in different locations across the globe with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureates’ foundations and organizations, and in partnership with hosting municipalities and prominent local foundations.
Vadim V. Zagladin, who was also the founder of the PermSec, conceived the Summits, which were promoted by President Mikhail Gorbachev and the former Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni.
One of the main goals of the World Summit is to engage the minds of young people and citizens on real matters that pertain to such global affairs like conflict resolution, global environmental problems, disarmament, humanitarian and social issues etc. that broaden vision and open up new horizons for more peaceful and compassionate thinking. They do this through global online education, networking and support for grassroots programs that involve youth and citizens in practical thinking for world peace.
Leading by Example
The “Leading by Example” program is the official youth education initiative of the World Summit.
Since the launch of the Nobel Peace Summit youth program, “Leading by Example”, in 2012, 4500 young people have created and developed their own projects for peace at community level.
The Leading by Example program aims to:
- Encourage youth to creatively think about practical ways to affect positive change within their communities through social projects;
- Promote peace and non-violence as a form of effective diplomacy among emerging global leaders, such as those youth delegates who attend our program;
- Provide networking opportunities connecting youth delegates with Nobel Peace Laureates, non-profit leaders, academicians, and peers from universities all throughout the world;
- Encourage youth delegates to think about social issues that the global community faces today, and to apply critical thinking skills on solutions to these challenges;
- Provide access to unique educational opportunities in which youth delegates can learn directly from the Nobel Peace Laureates about tools in peacebuilding.
Dalai Lama: “Education needs not only to develop our intelligence but also to support the basic human values of warm-heartedness and compassion.”