Youth Leadership Fellow to go to Rome for Gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates

On Tuesday, I will board a plane at Washington Dulles International Airport headed to Rome, Italy for the 8th Annual Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The summit is hosted by the City of Rome and the Gorbachev Foundation. The summit is aimed at bringing together a number of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to discuss the theme of “The Next Generation.”

A major part of the event is the awarding of the annual Peace Summit Award which is given to an artist or artists who have worked towards peace. This year, George Clooney and Don Cheadle are being given the award for the work they have done to spread awareness of the current crisis in Darfur.

Walter Veltroni, the Mayor of Rome, and Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of Russia, will be giving the award to the Ocean’s 11 Celebs on Thursday the 13th.

Nobel Laureates expected to attend include, Muhammad Yunnus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams. His holiness, the Dalai Lama will not just be attending but opening the first session of the summit as well as giving a lecture on new ethics of the new Millenium.

The summit will also hold a number of workshops and roundtable discussions with the Nobel Laureates throughout the City of Rome aimed at engaging the public.

I am truly honored by the opportunity to attend such a prestigious summit with some of the greatest men and women of our time. Check back later this week for more posts during the summit which runs from the 13th to the 15th.