A day after the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates held in Berlin adopted a final statement calls for tearing down a number of remaining walls for the good of humanity. The summit also brought together representatives of non-governmental organisations and youth representatives.
From left, Ahmed Kathrada (Represetative of Nelson Mandela), Frederik Willem De Klerk, Lech Walesa and Mikhail Gorbachev
Breaking Down Walls for a World with Peace and Justice
The Nobel Peace Laureates, representatives of non-governmental organisations and youth representatives, gathered in Berlin on 10-11, November, 2009, having considered the historical implications of the fall of the Berlin Wall and global developments during the 20 years since then, call on the international community to break down the national, international, personal, and institutional walls,
* Walls that stand in the way of a nuclear weapons free world by
Achieving a paradigm shift from counter-productive and excessive militarization to collective security based on cooperative initiatives to address global threats,
Fully implementing the non-proliferation and disarmament obligations under the NPT, and all other international agreements on nuclear weapons by all members of the international community,
Negotiating a new convention for the universal and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons,
Supporting the successful conclusion of the initiative of President Obama and President Medvedev of adopting a new agreement on nuclear disarmament and its successful implementation,
Supporting the UN Secretary-General’s five-point plan on nuclear disarmament,
Respecting the rules of international humanitarian law and adopting the conventions banning indiscriminate weapons such as landmines and cluster bombs.
Addressing the root causes of regional and global conflicts to assure that the security of all states can be safeguarded without nuclear weapons;
* Walls between rich and poor by
Mobilizing all necessary national and international resources to achieve the full implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, and by
Using the current financial crisis to construct a new global economic system that will be fair for all mankind and that lays the foundation for a strong, sustainable and balanced growth through the creation of the decent work
* Walls between cultural, religious, and ethnic communities by
Calling on the UN General Assembly to convene an international conference on minority rights, with a view to strengthening protections of the rights of religious, cultural and linguistic minorities;
* Physical walls or barriers that separate or isolate people in various parts of the world and limit freedom of movement and the possibilities of communication by
Breaking down walls and barriers such as those that divide Palestinians and Israelis; North and South Koreans; and the people of Kashmir as well as by
Addressing the reality and perception of the fears of aggression and terrorism upon which such walls and barriers have been constructed;
* Walls that stand in the way of the crucial need to combat climate change by
Ensuring the success of the upcoming Copenhagen conference in securing firm international commitment to effective global action as expressed in the special statement of the Summit, and by
Assuring sustainable development that will enable mankind to live in harmony with the fragile global environment and with each other;
* Walls that stand in the way of inter-generation justice by
Including youth and youth-led organizations effectively in the decisions concerning their future, and by
Ensuring active dialogue and communication between generations.
The Summit also calls on the international community to build bridges based on our shared values, vision and humanity. It also calls on all people to show love, compassion and toleration in their relations with one another. In this spirit we recommit ourselves to the Charter for a World Without Violence, which articulates our vision for a world with peace and justice.