2012 Keynote Speaker Announced: South African President F.W. de Klerk!!!

You deserve some very big, very good news. It’s an honor to announce that former President of South Africa F. W. de Klerk has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum.  We’ll send specific details later, but for now hold the dates of March 1-4, 2012.  You will once again experience the inspiration that only a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate can deliver.

President de Klerk, who won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, was the last State President of apartheid-era South Africa, serving from 1989 to 1994. He is best known for engineering the end of apartheid, South Africa’s racial segregation policy, and for supporting the transformation of South Africa into a multi-racial democracy.  In recent years, his passion for peace continues through his work addressing the complex challenges of the 21st century, such as building multicultural societies, rethinking immigration policy, and understanding global economic forces.

Around the world forces which favour peace are on the move. Amongst those, economic development is fundamentally important. Economic growth, generated by the free market, is transforming societies everywhere.

- F. W. de Klerk (from his Nobel Peace Prize address)

Even today, President de Klerk’s 1993 Nobel Address delivers goosebumps.  We all know that the path to peace is often steep and costly. For South Africa, the price of peace assumed many forms, as the country moved from negotiation to reconciliation and beyond. President de Klerk himself paid a price – personally and politically – by ushering South Africa into a new era. With that in mind, I also would like to announce that the official theme for 2012 forum will be: “The Price of Peace.” We feel this theme fits well with the work of President de Klerk, as well as the many current and past struggles for peace taking place around the globe.

For more information about President de Klerk’s life and work, be sure to read the bio page on the Nobel Peace Prize website and his Wikipedia entry.

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One Response to 2012 Keynote Speaker Announced: South African President F.W. de Klerk!!!

  1. I have become familiar with the work of Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick, who have completed the book, “Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy.” This photojournalistic book features interviews with Nicaraguans at the time of the Contra War and how it was impacting their lives. Twenty years thereafter, Dix and Fitzpatrick went back to Nicaragua and located many of the people originally interviewed, to see what their perspectives might be long afterward. It’s a visually stunning and moving book, the interviews are mesmerizing, the lessons to be learned are critically important ones and I think their work and their work process would lend themselves very well to a Forum Session. The have made presentations in the past and I have been told that they do a very thorough job which is engaging to the audience. If there is more to the recommendation process, including submissions by Dix and Fitzpatrick, please let me know.

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