Sharon Stone honored at Nobel Peace Summit in Warsaw
October 24, 2013
US actress Sharon Stone was awarded for her work with HIV and AIDS sufferers on Wednesday at the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates held in the Polish capital Warsaw.
Stone, who has been involved with The Foundation ForAids Research since 1995, previously as their campaign chairman and now as global fundraising chairman, received the Peace Summit Award from the Dalai Lama at the end of the three-day summit.
A committee of Nobel Peace laureates decides on the winner of the Peace Summit Award each year, picking a figure from the world of culture and entertainment who have raised awareness of global issues. Previous celebrities to receive the honor include Sean Penn, Bono, George Clooney, Bob Geldof and Roberto Benigni.
The Lech Walesa Institute, which organized this year’s event, said that Stone was awarded the distinction in merit of her "determined efforts to aid and bring hope to persons battling with the tragedy of HIV/AIDS".
Founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 2000, the World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates has notably taken place in Berlin, Chicago, Paris and Rome. The Warsaw event was the first such summit to be held in Central and Eastern Europe to mark 30 years since Poland’s former president Lech Walesa won the peace prize for leading the Solidarity movement, which helped topple communism in the country.
Other attendees this year were Iranian human rights advocate Shirin Ebadi, former South African president F.W. de Klerk and the Dalai Lama. Hundreds of other peace activists from around the world also took part.
At the end of Warsaw event Nobel Peace Prize winners issued a statement calling for nonviolence and peaceful methods to end instability and conflict in the world.
They called on world leaders to bring about the "universal, legal and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons." They also appealed for peaceful solutions to armed conflicts in Syria and elsewhere and called on the Chinese government to release jailed dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, also a Nobel Peace Prize winner.