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Nobel Peace Laureates Presented their Final Declaration at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Barcelona

Refugees: meeting the challenge to our humanity

    BARCELONA, SPAIN, November 20, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates concluded last weekend its sessions with a final statement prepared by the Laureates on Sunday. The final declaration expressed sympathy for the victims of Paris and called for people around the world to think and act with compassion toward the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes.

"We, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Organisations, in the presence of youth from all over the world, gathered together in Barcelona from 12 - 15 November 2015, have considered issues affecting world peace - with special emphasis on the current refugee and migration crisis," the declaration said.

"We are profoundly shocked and outraged by the barbaric killing of more than 150 innocent people in Paris on the evening of 13 November. We express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims and with the people of France. This outrageous attack stresses the urgent need to address the root causes of the current refugee crisis and insecurity in the world. This situation should not be abused to demonise refugees and the Muslim community.

"As Nobel Peace Laureates and Laureate organisations we join with millions of individuals, organisations, communities and cities who every day make a difference by working for a better and more peaceful world."

"We collectively raise our voices in compassion for the millions of refugees who have been forced to leave their homes. We affirm that the manner in which we honour and protect their inherent dignity and human rights is a measure of our own humanity. We are particularly concerned about the plight of women and children whose lives have been devastated by conflict, repression and deprivation. We must and can eliminate the conditions that compel people to leave from their homes."

"The refugee and migration crisis does not exist in isolation. It is a symptom of the broader problems that confront humanity that include continuing conflict in many countries; the consequences of militarism, extreme nationalism and the use of force and proxy wars by global powers in pursuit of strategic, financial and ideological interests; distorted religious beliefs that lead to horrific acts of violence; the failure of governance characterised by rampant corruption, persecution and the absence of democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law; the gross inequalities in opportunities and in economic and social wellbeing between and within the so-called developed and developing countries; the failure to accommodate, tolerate and appreciate the value of religious, cultural and ethnic diversity; the growing impact of climate change that will increasingly threaten food security and disrupt the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the most vulnerable societies; and the criminal exploitation of refugees by human smugglers."

"We believe that many of these problems can be solved if the international community fulfils its commitment to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that nations have already adopted as the framework for a comprehensive, practical and achievable path to a secure and peaceful future."

We also call on the international community to address the root causes of the refugee and migration crisis while assuring access to asylum; redouble efforts to bring peace to Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine, Palestine/Israel, Somalia, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and other societies in conflict in a process that includes the peoples involved - especially women - and concerned nations; denounce and reject the use of distorted religious doctrines and ideologies to justify violence by placing perverted beliefs above compassion and other universal values; ensure that refugee children have adequate access to education and health care; promote good governance based on respect for fundamental human rights and the rule of law; prevent ethnic conflict and repression by recognising the value of diversity and by protecting the rights of minorities; achieve and implement international agreements to combat climate change that bind all elements of society including government, business, finance and the military - with special focus on the forthcoming conference in Paris; identify and prosecute those responsible for human smuggling; and provide much greater support to countries bordering conflict areas which are hosting refugees - and underfunded humanitarian organisations aiding refugees."

"True security will never be achieved by military force or by the possession and threat of nuclear weapons. It requires adherence to international humanitarian law and global cooperation in meeting the authentic needs of humanity. We call on the nations of the world to redirect each year at least 10% of annual military expenditure of over 1.8 trillion dollars to implement the programs required for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; implement fully the Arms Trade Treaty and end illicit arms trading; put an immediate end to any new arms race - especially the modernisation of nuclear arsenals and the pursuit of fully autonomous weapons systems; and fulfil the legal obligation to commence negotiations now to eliminate nuclear weapons."

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as the most important annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organisations, students, and professors from around the globe since 1999. Over the last fourteen years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have been honoured with participation from numerous Nobel Peace Laureate individuals and organisations, including: President Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres, President Oscar Arias Sanchez, President Lech Walesa, President Jimmy Carter, President Jose Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, and other globally recognised leaders. The Summit is held annually in different locations across the globe in cooperation with the participant cities and with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureate foundations and organisations. The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation with its Executive Board based in Rome and Moscow.

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