The leadership of the Balkan Club of Peace met in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, between the 19th and 21st of September 2009 and brought the decision this city to host the Second World Congress of Peace in 2015. The promotion of the Congress shall be organized in Sarajevo on November 30th 2009 in the presence of the representatives of the Club member countries. It is also expected that numerous guests and Friends of Peace from all over the world are going to attend the promotion.
At the meeting, the leadership adopted the proposal Mr. Al Gore from the United States of America, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, to be elected for a Chairman of the Congress Organizing Committee. At the same time it was proposed that before beginning of the Congress in 2015, a Memorial Park should be built in Skopje, Macedonia, in memory of all Nobel Peace Prize winners.
The leadership unanimously adopted the proposal for the Second World Congress of Peace to be promoted by Mr. Lech Wałęsa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Mr. Osmo Vatreš, the Chairman of the Balkan Club of Peace, reminded of all the activities that preceded this meeting and explained the reasons for convening the Congress. “Peace is the best that we can leave behind for our children and we should give it to them as our gift. Our constant duty is to work on it.”
After Amsterdam, where the First World Peace Congress was held in 1932, and after many events which did not contribute to peace, it is time to recall all the events and all the people who tried to be different and better and kept establishing and constantly strengthening peace.
The leadership of the Balkan Club of Peace received the welcoming words from Mr. Alija Behmen, the Mayor of Sarajevo, and from Mr. Davor Vuletić, the advisor of Mr. Željko Komšić, the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On behalf of the institutions they represent, they expressed their full support both to the previous activities of the Club and nomination of Sarajevo as a host city for this kind of gathering and accepted all responsibilities that Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina might have in connection with that.
It is expected that until November 30th 2009, i.e. until the promotion of the Second World Peace Congress, the Government of Macedonia and the competent authorities of the City of Skopje, where Mother Theresa, also a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was born, will accept the proposal on founding a Nobel Peace Prize Winners Memorial Park and approve a location for its construction.