Cape Town has been chosen as the host city of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which will be held in October 2014.
The annual gathering of Nobel Peace Prize winners is held to discuss challenges facing the world and to promote peace and humanity. It is attended by leading figures in the social, cultural, scientific and political arenas.
The selection of Cape Town as the next host city is especially meaningful as South Africa will be celebrating 20 years of democracy next year. The country is also home to four Nobel Peace Prize laureates, three of whom (Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela) are still living.
City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe, attended this year’s summit in Warsaw, Poland. He said the City was “delighted and indeed honoured” that Cape Town had been selected as the next host city.
“It was in Cape Town, on the steps of the iconic City Hall, that President Mandela delivered his first speech after his release from prison on 11 February 1990,” Pascoe says.
“As the City of Cape Town, we are ready for the exciting challenge that awaits us and have already started the preparations. The City of Cape Town wishes to convey our sincere thanks to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit and to the Nobel Peace Laureates for deciding to bring the 14th World Summit to Cape Town.”
Pascoe says Cape Town has big shoes to fill after the success of the summit in Warsaw, and he looks forward to seeing all the delegates in Cape Town next year.
The Warsaw summit was attended by former president FW de Klerk and a number of other past laureates, including the Dalai Lama and Shirin Ebadi of Iran. Actress Sharon Stone was awarded for her work in the fight against HIV and Aids. The Nobel laureates released a statement in which they called on world leaders to eliminate nuclear weapons and also called for peaceful solutions to armed conflicts in places such as Syria.