SOURCE: World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

November 09, 2009 12:42 ET

10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Meets in Berlin to Pull Down "New Walls, Build Bridges" Against Backdrop of Berlin Wall Anniversary

Fifteen Prize Winners to Focus on Rich and Poor, Environment, Nuclear Weapons, Tolerance Issues at Nov. 10-11 Event

BERLIN--(Marketwire - November 9, 2009) - The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall forms the backdrop of the 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates that will convene here November 10 for a two-day conference that will focus global attention on breaking down walls that divide humanity and building bridges of understanding, much as the Berlin Wall divided the East and West until its fall 20 years ago, followed by German reunification.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chairman of the Summit Mikhail Gorbachev will lead a group of more than 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners including former South Africa President F.W. de Klerk, former Polish President Lech Walesa, the father of microcredit Professor Muhammad Yunus, and a leader of the unification of Northern Ireland, Mairead Maguire Corrigan.

Meeting at the Berlin City Hall, the 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates opens Tuesday morning, November 10, with remarks by Josè Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission; Gorbachev; Walter Veltroni, Summit co-chair; and Klaus Wowereit, the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Panels will cover: "Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall," "Walls between Rich and Poor," "Walls of Menace to the Environment," "Walls of Nuclear Weapons and Armament," and "Walls of Intolerance."

The Summit will conclude with the presentation of the Summit's Peace Award to international music legend Annie Lennox. The annual award honors a distinguished figure in the entertainment and arts community for their efforts in defending human rights and promoting world peace and solidarity.

Lennox was chosen by the Nobel Peace Laureates for her work in raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS impact on women and children, especially in South Africa, through her SING campaign that enlisted 23 of the world's most acclaimed female vocalists in recording "Sing," written by Lennox.

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