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12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates: Day 1

This is the first day of a three-day summit. The three-day World Summit, themed “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights,” will feature moderated discussions with Nobel Peace Laureates that will be webcast around the world, providing a rare opportunity for audience members to observe and engage the world’s most notable figures in a discussion on global peace and human rights. Chicago is the first North American city to host the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

A special emphasis will be placed on empowering youth to action through interactive panel discussions and school visits. Summit organizers have partnered with the Chicago Public Schools and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, as well as a variety of national education-focused non-profit organizations, to connect Nobel Laureates in sharing their powerful stories directly with students in the classroom.

Chaired by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, the 12th World Summit will have as its Honorary Chair Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and a Host Committee comprised of leaders from Chicago’s civic, academic and corporate communities.

A schedule and much more information is available on the Nobel Summit Chicago website.

First day schedule:

Welcome and "Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights"
Opening Ceremony of 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

“New Challenges for Peace”
A Conversation About Promoting Peace and Justice in a Multination Strategy

Panelists to Include:
President Mikhail Gorbachev 
President Lech Wałęsa
President Frederik Willem de Klerk
President Oscar Arias
President Jimmy Carter

Chris Jansing, MSNBC

“Investing in Peace” 
The Responsibility of Businesses and Governments to Build a Fair and Sustainable World

Panelists to Include:
Professor Muhammad Yunus
H.E. Ambassador Thomas Stelzer, United Nations 
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Mr. Alexander Liebeskind, International Committee of the Red Cross

Doug Brinkley, Author, Historian, Media Commentator (CBS, Vanity Fair)