Some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders, and human rights activists will be meeting in Chicago to discuss the most pressing issues of the day. They come from all corners of the world, where they are making efforts every day to build peace, stand up for those who need an advocate, help more people realize their full potential. They are heroes for the underprivileged and underrepresented.
The Department of State is proud to be an active partner in this event. Working with our Embassies, we have identified 16 high school students and four teachers from Bangladesh, Burma, Liberia, and Yemen to travel to Chicago to participate in the summit. We are also using video conferencing to link students from Chicago to young people from several countries to discuss the themes of the summit, to find ways they can work for change and to discover their own common bonds.
But you can get involved as well. Teachers can visit the World Summit’s website to find educational resources, and students can participate in our virtual exchanges by submitting questions and ideas to Twitter using the hashtag: #Nobel. And you can stream the events live on the Internet.
So I urge you to get involved in this unique opportunity to connect with some of the world’s leading champions of human rights and freedom. And to think about how you can make a positive difference in your life and for the world. Thank you all very much.