The honour killings in Pakistan, the ordeals of Syrian refugees, Africa, its history, the present and future prospects for development: this year’s Pilosio Building Peace Award will address peace building with an unprecedented broader scope, addressing some of the most controversial and current themes on a global level, with contributions by speakers, each in their own way, devoted to promoting the development of a more just society.
The 2014 edition of the prize inviting hundreds of guests from more than 20 countries around the world. As the company CEO and president of the Pilosio Building Peace Award, Dario Roustayan explains, “it’s an initiative organised as both an event with high profile socio-cultural content and an unmissable opportunity for networking between the world’s leading managers in the construction and oil&gas industries.”
The “Peace Builder 2014” prize will be collected by Samia Yaba Nkrumah, daughter of the founder of free and democratic Ghana and visionary leader for the entire continent of Africa, Kwame Nkrumah. Her commitment to politics has revived the ideal of a Pan-African Union in pursuit of modernity and development. A candidate in the upcoming presidential elections and the reason some international newspapers have declared that “The new Mandela is a woman”, Samia Nkrumah will receive the prize for her work on the “Nkwame Nkrumah Presidential Library” in Accra, a symbol of her commitment to promoting social and economic development through culture and educating younger generations.
With the themes of Africa and peace being addressed, there could be no person more representative than Kofi Annan, ex Secretary-General of the United Nations and winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Introduced by the event’s host, journalist Alessio Vinci, he will guide the audience through themes including international diplomacy, the social and political scenario on a global level and above all, the prospects for future development of a continent with incredible potential. The event will also host the special participation of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italian Republic Hon. Lapo Pistelli, who will talk over the historical relationship between Italy and Africa.
On the afternoon of 12 September, the highly current debate on “women builders of peace” will be enriched by contributions by the young Pakistani activist, Khalida Brohi, fighting against the honour crimes in her country; the president of Save the Children International, Carolyn Miles; the Iranian writer and filmaker Siba Shakib, the author of multi-award winning international best-sellers; Betty Williams, from Northern Ireland, winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize.
To conclude this circle of honoured guests, the audience will hear speeches by two Italian women who have achieved success in business and politics: the first is Luisa Todini, the newly appointed president of Poste Italiane, the second is the president of the Region of Fruilli-Venezia Giulia and vice national secretary of the PD party, Debora Serracchiani.
During the event, Pilosio will also present its ambitious new project to help Syrian refugees that the newly founded no-profit organisation “Pilosio Building Peace“, is moving forwards in collaboration with the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Representing the organisation will be its director and winner of the Pilosio Award 2013, Cameron Sinclair.