Maribor for peace 2012
The Municipality of Maribor invited Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to meet in Maribor and join the initiative Maribor for Peace from 15th to 17th May, 2012, organized as part of European Capital of Culture’s events in Maribor in 2012.
The event was attended by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, spiritual leader, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist, the initiator of the micro-credit concept and founder of the Grameen Bank, Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum from Guatemala, an unbending fighter for human rights, and Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, a climatologist and Slovene Climate Ambassador, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 as a Slovenian member of the IPCC.
Thw introductory event was opening and presentation of the famous international travelling exhibition »Pieces for Peace« in Maribor, organized by the partners Center for Citizenship Education, Slovenia, and CITYarts Inc., USA. The guest speakers were: his Excellency the US Ambassador in Slovenia Mr. Joseph A. Mussomeli, Mrs. Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive & Artistic Director of CITYarts, Inc., Mr. Tomaz Kancler, vice-mayor of Maribor and Mr. Aleksander Begant, director of Center for Citizenship Education Slovenia.
The exhibition »Pieces for Peace« is made of 300 »pieces« - selected artwork of children from 65 countries and 6 continents of the world. Participating children expressed their shared vision of peace through the creative process while answering the question, "What does peace look like to me?" The project was created following the tragic events of 9/11 and promotes multiculturalism, shared vision of peace and common values among youth in an artistic way. For the first time are included also artworks of Slovenian children. There is also an on-line exhibition available at http://www.cityarts.org/Pieces-for-Peace/view-artworks/. The event was supported by Embassy of the United States in Slovenia.
On May 16th and 17th, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates held different lectures in Maribor and on May 17th they met for a debate entitled "Why do we need Dialogue and Solidarity in the global Crisis" in the Grand Hall of the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor. The whole event ended with the unveiling of the huge peace mural, painted by the Bogside Artists. The closing event was organized by partner organization Art of Reconciliation.
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Center for Citizenship Education is Slovenian representative in the largest European Network on human rights and citizenship education DARE and member of the world's oldest non-governmental HRE organization "EIP", who enjoys the consultative status with OHCHR, UNESCO and Council of Europe. Center was rewarded with The Charta of Honor of the City of Maribor in 2009 for its contribution to promotion of democracy and human rights in Slovenia and internationally.