Sign Our Petition to Bring the EU's Nobel Peace Prize to the UK
and Celebrate Peace

Many thanks from Cardiff For Europe to all those who have signed the petition so far also a big thank you to Anna McMorrin MP (Cardiff North for supporting our campaign.

If you believe that the achievements of the European Union in maintaining peace are important and should be celebrated then please do sign the Cardiff For Europe petition (link and further details below) to bring the EU's 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the UK for a temporary public display:

To sign our petition Click Here

Prominent Supporter So Far:

Will Hutton - Observer Journalist, author and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University

Politicians:
Anna McMorrin MP
(Cardiff North - Labour)
Delyth Jewell AM (South Wales (East) - Plaid Cymru)
Councillor Dan De'Ath (Lord Mayor, Cardiff Council - Labour)
Councillor Phil Bale (Former Leader, Cardiff Council - Labour)
Councillor Joe Boyle (Cardiff Council - Leader, Liberal Democrat)
Councillor Emma Sandrey (Cardiff Council - Liberal Democrat)
Anthony Slaughter (Leader - Wales Green Party)
Jill Evans MEP ( Wales - Plaid Cymru)

European Union - Peacemaker

One aspect of the European Union (EU) that generally gets overlooked is it's work as an enabler/creator of peace (sadly many people know the cost of everything the EU does but the value of nothing that it delivers).

2012 the Nobel Peace Prize

In 2012 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."

Why the Petition?

The EU's Nobel Peace Prize could be used as a tool to educate and inform about the importance of peace. Surely it belongs to all those Europeans who advocate peace so should be made more visible? However it currently resides in the European Commission. The EU have been approached by us with a view to having the award put on temporary public display in the UK but so far they have been reluctant to do this. This is why Cardiff For Europe/Caerdydd Dros Ewrop have set up this petition.

Symbolism

The Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful symbol known throughout the world as recognition to those people and organisations that have worked tirelessly for international peace against the immense forces that clamour for war, destruction and hate.

Display Format

We'd like the EU's Nobel Peace Prize to form the centrepiece of a small scale 'Peace Exhibition' to contrast Europe before the EU - constant conflict culminating in two World Wars compared with the many decades of relative peace since the coming together of European nations, initially in the Common Market and then the EU. It would also show the EU's involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process. Ideally this exhibition would go to any place in the UK that wanted the display.   

Details & to sign our Petition Click Here
Prominent Supporters So Far:

 
Will Hutton - Observer Journalist, author and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University

Politicians:
Anna McMorrin MP
(Cardiff North - Labour)
Delyth Jewell AM (South Wales (East) - Plaid Cymru)
Councillor Dan De'Ath (Lord Mayor, Cardiff Council - Labour)
Councillor Phil Bale (Former Leader, Cardiff Council - Labour)
Councillor Joe Boyle (Cardiff Council - Leader, Liberal Democrat)
Councillor Emma Sandrey (Cardiff Council - Liberal Democrat)
Anthony Slaughter (Leader - Wales Green Party)
Jill Evans MEP ( Wales - Plaid Cymru)

!!!Petition Update!!!

We've had some bad news!

Until 22nd November plans for our Cardiff For Europe Peace Exhibition, using a replica of the EU's 2012 Nobel Peace Prize as a centrepiece, were progressing extremely well. The Museum of Cardiff had agreed to host our small exhibition and the Museum of European History had agreed to send the NPP to the Museum of Cardiff. Also all the legal agreements were being drawn up. But we've now had some disappointing news on two fronts:


Cardiff Council 

An issue has unfortunately come up so it looks like we can no longer have our Peace Exhibition hosted on any Cardiff Council property. 

The Head of Culture at Cardiff Council had initially put us in contact with the Museum of Cardiff advising they would host our exhibition. The Museum of Cardiff  and Cardiff Councillors have all been  terrific in the support they've given us in preparing the exhibition. However the Head of Culture has reviewed our exhibition proposals and, even though we've advised we'll adapt the information in any way to suit her concerns, she has said we can't have the exhibition on any Cardiff Council property as she believes (along with Cardiff Council lawyers) that Cardiff For Europe is too political and goes against Section 2 of the Local Government 1986 Act.  


Nobel Institiute

The House of European History in Brussels, has also been extremely helpful in our discussions about the loan. Unfortunately they now advise that, having asked the Nobel Institute, the NI have denied permission for them to lend the objects to any third parties. They are now only entitled to lending them to EU institutions or EU agencies.


Summary

This is both shocking and surprising that the Nobel Institute would prevent the spread of knowledge and education about European peace in this way. It's extremely disappointing that Cardiff For Europe have put a lot of effort into preparing for the exhibition to begin on the 11th January and have now had to cancel this exhibition at short notice.


As part of the display we’d been preparing a short film of people saying ‘Peace’ in all the languages within the EU. To see a clip of the Peace Film Click Here   Despite the loss of the exhibition we will complete the film for inclusion in a future event.

If you can speak any of the other EU languages and would like to help us then please do send us either a ‘selfie’ clip saying the word ‘Peace’ in that language or you could get a group of people to say it. 

Any film should be emailed to Cardiff.for.europe2019@gmail.com.

Quotes About Peace

People in the past, some famous and some not-so, have made some good quotes about the subject of peace and several are shown below:

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
Albert Einstein

Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.
Yehudi Menuhin

Today, peace means the ascent from simple coexistence to cooperation and common creativity among countries and nations.
Mikhail Gorbachev (Nobel Peace Prize 1990)

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin

A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn’t even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other.
Thor Heyerdahl

We who work for peace must not falter. We must continue to pray for peace and to act for peace in whatever way we can, we must continue to speak for peace and to live the way of peace; to inspire others, we must continue to think of peace and to know that peace is possible.
Mildred Lisette Norman

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
Winston Churchill

Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world. Robert Muller Peace is never a perfect achievement.
Kofi Annan (Nobel Peace Prize 2001)

Peace is the only battle worth waging.
Albert Camus

Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
Victor Hugo

In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.
Croesus

The opposite of peace is indifference to both peace and war—indifference to hunger and persecution, to imprisonment and humiliation, indifference to torture and persecution.
Elie Wiesel

The earth is too small a star and we too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace.
Colman McCarthy

In union there is strength.
Aesop

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
John Lennon

Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.
Daisaku Ikeda

That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn’t be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind.
Mos Def

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
Jimi Hendrix








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