Here we are. This is the very first article of this delegation on Medium.com. For us, it’s a very big honour to be part of this project and we’re really looking forward to be part of the next World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. But what is this?
Someone calls it “Karma”
Everything started when, during the last Summit here in Rome, November 2014, the Permanent Secretariat for the Summit asked Prof. Enzo Le Fevre Cervini- Senior Lecturer at LUISS “Guido Carli” University and Director of Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities - to find a group of students committed to share peaceful messages and with a strong interest in social values. 20 students became, from that moment, part of something far bigger than what they had imaged.
From the early morning to the late night, we had to follow instructions by the Permanent Secretariat, help international students and, moreover, assist Nobel Peace Laureates during all the panels and workshops: an amazing opportunity we will remember for our entire life. We met incredible people, from Shirin Ebadi to Mairead Maguire, powerful figures who stands for other people’s rights. Their stories inspire, lead and give you that power, that energy, which only justice and love have in their intrinsic nature.
They tell their stories not just because they are unique in their conditions, they do so because they want to change the world.
Then we received another unbelievable present: we had the chance to meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In this occasion, he remembered us that the real challenge in our future will be to build peace. It is, he added, a youth duty which requires our commitment, starting from our own routine, from the little things, leading the change step by step.
Someone calls it “Karma”. We don’t know why we had this chance, but it happened, so we needed and we still need to do our best in order to give back what we had received.
Youth for Peace
Finally, here it is why we are going to the next Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit in Barcellona, Spain, Nov. 13th — 15th: we want to help these examples to change the world and, recalling the recent UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, speech at EXPO Milan 2015, Oct. 16th:
“My generation should do much more for young people: use your voice in order to tell us what kind of world you would like to live in.”
we want to tell clearly what kind of world we would like to live in. We will do so during the workshop we proposed to the Permanent Secretariat a few weeks ago, a project we called “Youth Declaration”. During the Summit, every students’ delegation participating will be asked to take part into a General Assembly in which young people will have the chance to write the first Youth Declaration of Peace, a document which will offer, for the very first time, concrete guidelines for future Summits according to the Nobel Peace Laureates suggestions. So, in a sense, the Summit is changing in its own bases, giving young people the opportunity to make the difference.
But this is not only up to who is going to be part of the Summit: we want this to be as worldwide as possible. That’s why we created this blog on Medium and why we are writing these articles. Do you want to spread peace with us? Join the conversation, and make the difference.
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