The event, which opened on Monday with the official motto of “Stand in solidarity for peace — time to act”, is being held for the first time in Eastern Europe, Yunus Centre said in a statement yesterday.
The event is taking place exactly 30 years after Lech Walesa, former trade union leader, received Nobel peace prize for successfully leading workers at strike in the Gdansk Shipyard, which led to historical downturn of the communist regime by means of negotiation and without violence.
Prof Yunus, President de Clark of South Africa and President Lech Walesa spoke at the opening session of the summit.
Yunus also spoke in a plenary session on “human values in the time of crisis” and presented a special Nobel Summit Medal on behalf of the laureates to Jerzy Owsiak, a Polish social activist, who is well known in the country for his work with young people.
Owsiak later invited Prof Yunus to join him at the next Woodstock Festival in August 2014.
Actress and activist Sharon Stone also attended the summit to receive the Peace Summit Award from Prof Yunus. The Bangladeshi Nobel winner also spoke in a session on “Unheard voices. Inequalities in social justice” yesterday and will speak in the session on “Youth in solidarity” today.
Summit attracted some 1,500 young attendees from all over the world and representatives of the Polish public and business leaders.
Laureates and their organisations will run civic academy discussions and workshops every afternoon for the participating youth.