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3, impasse Blancard 65100 LOURDES FRANCE

Appeal by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for the Children of the World
Laetitia Maginot
Stephan Galon
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Tel : 05 62 94 16 76
Fax : 05 62 94 92 51
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August 13/14 - Lourdes, France

City of Lourdes

with the collaboration of

Appeal by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for the Children of the World

under the High Patronage of the French Republic President


In celebration and support of the UN declared " Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World ", the majestic city of Lourdes, France and the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation for the Children are initiating the International Night of Peace, taking place on August 13th- 14th , 2000.

Bringing together Nobel Peace Laureates, distinguished political, religious, sports, and humanitarian figures and an array of musical artists from all corners of the globe, this extraordinary event will offer hopeful expression to the vision of the Decade -- reducing our children's suffering by creating a culture of peace and non-violence. The International Night of Peace will further mark the inauguration of Lourdes as the first Decade City of Peace, through its formal commitment to actively promote peace and non-violence over the next ten years.

About the decade

The Decade for Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World is an unprecedented historical opportunity for members of civil society and governments to engage in a global effort to make the world more sane, more peaceable. Initiated by all the living Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the campaign received the full support of the United Nations and all its member states, which unanimously proclaimed the first decade of the new millennium (2001-2010) as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World" (UN Resolution 53 /25).

The Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation has now set out to mobilize civil society to make this resolution real - to promote the values, teachings and practice of non-violence at all levels of society, among all people, around the world. Through a ten-year strategy rooted in global consultation, communication, participation and co-operation, the Foundation aims to chart the path towards the adoption in the year 2010 of an "International Convention on a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the children of the World" in which peace and non-violence education would be declared a compulsory subject within schools for all children.

Lourdes: a city of fraternity

For over a century, Lourdes has offered a site rich in spiritual and religious importance, serving as a place of meeting, sharing and helping to millions of people from all over the world. Opening its doors to welcome some 5 million visitors each year from 130 countries, the city has become a universal symbol of fraternity and solidarity. Today, Lourdes has taken leadership in advancing the Decade in the belief that peace and non-violence are an essential part of its mission of welcome. For that purpose, the city has signed a convention with the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureate Foundation that commits Lourdes to actively cultivate peace and non-violence amongst its community of worldwide visitors for the next ten years. As the first Decade City of Peace, Lourdes calls upon other cities throughout the world to join it in promoting a new form of cultural tourism rooted in a common search and goal for peaceful world for our children.

The International Night of Peace: The Program

The International Night of Peace will be a profound experience, aimed at touching the hearts and minds of some 50,000 participants. Jointly organise by the City of Lourdes and the Appeal of the Nobel Laureate Foundation and staged at the foot of the majestic Lourdes hillside, the event will combine hope-filled messages and live musical performances, giving everyone present the opportunity to be part of a worldwide vision of peace and non-violence for the sake of our children.

Part I (7:30 PM - 12 PM):
Words of Wisdom Nobel Peace Laureates such as Mairead Maguire (N-Ireland), Adolfo Esquivel (Argentina), Tum Channareth (Cambodia) and other internationally renown figures and humanitarians will share their vision and testimony of peace and nonviolence. Each of their messages will be echoed by the musical performances of artists distinct in their efforts to promote understanding and peace worldwide, including Miguel Angel Estrella, the Children of Abraham, Women Voices for Peace and others.

Part II Part 2 (00h AM - 6 AM) :
Voices of Peace Opening at midnight, a free peace concert will bring to the stage a diversity of world musicians. Featured artists will include Patricia Kass (France), Myriam Makeba (South Africa), Ismael Lo (Senegal); Nataraj XT (India) and many others*. Lasting to the early hours of the morning, the peace concert will offer an inspiring night of multi-cultural entertainment and unified call for peace.

Artists and personalities

Artist :

  • Graeme Allwright
  • Myriam Makeba
  • Patricia Kaas
  • Miguel Angel Estrella
  • Sara Alexander
  • Ismael Lo

To be confirm:

  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Sting
  • New Gypsy Kings
  • George Michael
  • Eurythmics

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates :

  • Tum Chanareth (Cambodia) et Philippe Chabasse
  • Médecins Sans Frontière
  • Mairead Maguire
  • Adolfo Perez Esquivel (Argentina

To be confirm:

  • Desmond TUTU
  • Shimon Perez
  • Rigoberta Menchu
  • Yasser Arafat

Political Personalities :

  • Lionel Jospin (France Prime Minister)
  • Jean-Pierre Artiganave (Mayor of Lourdes)
  • Monsieur Philippe Douste-Blazy
  • Federico Mayor

To be confirm:

  • Tony Blair
  • Guy Verhofstadt (Belgium Prime Minister)

Sports :

  • Jean Pierre Garruet (Rugby)
  • David Douillet (Judo)
  • Jean Bernard Paillissier (Director of "l'école Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme de Chamonix").

Religious :

  • Monseigneur Lustiger
  • Tich Nhat Hanh

ONG's :

  • Hildegard Goss
  • Collin Jones (Desmond Tutu foundation)

To be confirm:

  • Bernard Kouchner

Partners of the Night of Peace

  • Association Comparte : España – Internet
  • Coordination Sud : France
  • Partage : France
  • Non Violence Actualités
  • Axima : France – communication
  • Media Peace Center : South Africa
  • Tutu Center For Peace
  • Association des hôteliers de Lourdes
  • Unesco : Communication
  • Préfecture de police
  • Sapeurs pompiers du département des Hautes Pyrénées.
  • Handicap International - France : communication
  • Peace People : North Ireland
  • Serpaj - Argentina –
  • 500 Volunteers.

Coordination and contacts:

Bureau de la Coordination de la Nuit de la Paix

3, impasse Blancard 65 100 LOURDES FRANCE

Laetitia Maginot

Stephan Galon

Tlf : +33 6 12 37 08 24
Tlf : +33 5 62 94 16 76
Fax : +33 5 62 94 92 51


Website of the Foundation :
Website of the city de Lourdes :



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