20th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall:

November 9, 2009

Nobel Peace Laureates to Present “Charter for a World without Violence” to World March for Peace and Nonviolence

During the 10th Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, being held in Berlin on November 10-11 in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall, organizers of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence will be presented with the Laureates’ “Charter for a World without Violence.”  Speaking on behalf of the World March, Silo, the founder of Universalist Humanism and the inspiration of the World March, will address the prestigious body on “The Meaning of Peace and Nonviolence in the Present Moment,” on November 11 at 9 am. Silo will be introduced by the 1976 Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire from Northern Ireland.
The Charter, the result of several years of work by Nobel Prize recipients, was approved at the 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Beginning with the statement “Violence is a preventable disease,” the document calls on the global community to advance the cause of nonviolence in a variety of ways, including nuclear disarmament, appreciation of ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, protection of the environment, and a reaffirmation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Participants in the 93-day World March for Peace and Nonviolence will become emissaries for the Charter and will obtain endorsements for it as they continue the journey they began in New Zealand on October 2nd. The World March will be arriving New York City on November 30th as its first stop in the US and after traveling to 30 countries.  Events planned for New York City include an international march across the Brooklyn Bridge, a press conference at City Hall and a celebration at Riverside Church.  The World March will also travel to Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Red Bluff, San Diego and the US/Mexico border near Tijuana.

The unifying theme of this year’s Nobel Laureate Summit is “breaking down new walls and building bridges to ensure a World of Human Rights and a World without violence”. International personalities attending the summit will include Mikhail Gorbachev, Frederik Willem De Klerk, Lech Walesa, Muhammad Yunus, Betty Williams, Congresswoman Maria Sachs (D-FL), Tom Brokaw and Michael Binyon, as well as representatives of Nobel Peace Laureate organizations, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the International Peace Bureau (IPB).

The Summit will close with the presentation of the World Summit Peace Prize to Annie Lennox. This honor is awarded annually to a celebrity who “has stood out in the defense of human rights and in spreading of the principles of peace and solidarity throughout the world.” Bono, Don Cheadle and George Clooney are among recent honorees.
9.00 Official presentation of the Charter for a World without Violence to the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Introductory speech by Mairead Corrigan Maguire
Speeches by Mario Luis Rodriguez Cobos aka Silo (World March for Peace and Nonviolence)
Nobel Peace Laureates handing over the Charter for a world without violence to the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

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