BOGOTA – Colombia will host the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota next week, where 31 laureates will gather and will speak on peace, reconciliation and development.
Juan Manuel Santos will inaugurate the event on Thursday at the Bogota International Business and Exhibitions Center, according to a statement by the President’s Office.
The summit, organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, will end on Feb. 5.
After the inauguration, Santos will participate in the first plenary session called “Peace and Democracy” in which the theme of discussions will be democratic governability in societies.
Santos will again be present at the summit on Saturday, Feb. 4 for the closing events.
It is the first time the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates will be held in Latin America, with the earlier ones having been held in Barcelona (Spain, 2015), Rome (Italy, 2014), Warsaw (Poland, 2013), Chicago (United States, 2012), Hiroshima (Japan, 2010), Berlin (Germany, 2009), Paris (France, 2008) and Rome (Italy, 1999 to 2007).