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The 2019 Normandy World Peace Forum launched a public call on 4th June, 2019 for an awareness of the need for lasting peace. Written and presented to the forum by Nobel laureates (Jody Williams, El Baradei Mohamed, Leymah Gbowee) and civil society figures committed to peace as Anthony Grayling, philosopher, Sundeep Waslekar, president of the Strategic Foresight Group ... the manifesto is submitted to the signature of all.



On 9 July 1955, during the Cold War, the Russell-Einstein manifesto highlighted the dangers created by nuclear weapons and called on world leaders to seek peaceful solutions to international conflicts. To make an impact, this document focused on the following challenging question: “Are we going to put an end to the human race or will humanity give up on war?”

In the face of new and multiple threats to humanity, caused by an increasingly uncertain and chaotic world, this question seems to be relevant once again. The Normandy World Peace Forum is an opportunity to take inspiration from the approach of Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein. In partnership with the Strategic Foresight Group, six public figures, who enjoy international recognition, wrote and were the first signatories of a new Manifesto for World Peace.

It is our responsibility to tell you that we are facing a great threat and that we need to change course. Mohamed ElBaradei

Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Mohamed ElBaradei, winner of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Anthony Grayling, philosopher and Sundeep Waslekar, President of the Strategic Foresight Group, have all written to urge every person to act for long-lasting peace.

Not acting is a choice: a choice to give in and to do nothing for the world’s future. We urge you to take action to change. Jody Williams

The joint authors and signatories emphasise that war is a choice. If men and women around the world become aware of their shared humanity, they will make the right decision: the decision to work together for a better world.

We must commit to making our world a place of peace, not conflict. Anthony Grayling

The signatories encourage a paradigm shift and call for a new “universal, inclusive, collective and regulated security system”, by reinventing diplomatic institutions and tools, by promoting tolerance, trust and solidarity, by defending the rule of law, by committing to sustainable development and by guaranteeing dignified and equal treatment for all.

How many more lives must be destroyed to understand that the solution for peace must begin with people? Leymah Gbowee

The joint authors and signatories call on every person to act for peace, from citizens to representatives of civil society and governments. The Normandy Manifesto for World Peace was presented by Mohamed ElBaradei, Sundeep Waslekar and Hervé Morin to Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.




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