Shan Cretin, and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa present at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.Photo: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War / Ira Helfand
Youth delegation members and AFSC staff (From left to right) Jiway Tung (Indonesia), Charly, Shyline (Zimbabwe), Yuval (Israel), Dominique Stevens (Baltimore), James, and Emil.Photo: AFSC / Bilal Taylor
Twenty young people affiliated with AFSC’s programs in six U.S. states and eight countries attended the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Warsaw, Poland this month. As a 1947 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, AFSC is invited to attend the summit annually.
While in Poland, the AFSC delegation had the chance to hear from Nobel laureates and luminaries—such as Shirin Ebadi, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the Dalai Lama, Mairead Maguire, and AFSC’s own Shan Cretin—as they discussed the biggest impediments to peace in our world and how youth must play a key role in securing a peaceful future for our planet.
Through the Civic Youth Academy at the summit, AFSC’s delegation also had the chance to connect with youth from around the world to talk about their work to support lasting peace with justice in their communities. One of the highlights of this experience was a joint presentation conducted by AFSC staff and youth from our Baltimore, Indonesia, and Seattle offices.
At the close of the summit, the laureates approved a statement reflecting the general consensus of the deliberations of those gathered.
Visit www.nobelforpeace-summits.org for more details about the event.