The Schengen Peace Foundation was initiated in 2005 as a not-for-profit charity approved by His Royal Highness Henri the Grand Duke of Luxembourg on Oct 19th, 2007. The Foundation contributes to the construction of a more peaceful world by promoting peace, tolerance and understanding through multicultural dialogue with the help of discussions, publications, exhibits and workshops, internet platforms, encounters, exchange and education programs as well as studies about peace.

The main projects of the Schengen Peace Foundation:

World Peace Forum gathers scholars, peace activists, executives, journalists, students, religious leaders, and politicians, as well as any citizen having an interest in participating.  The annual forum is done with cooperation with local partners and has been held in Schengen, France, Romania, Brazil, Jordan, Canada and next will be Columbia. 

Youth World Peace Forum works with other organizations to provide peace training and methods for education and workshops and camps for children from age 3 to 23 to help build a culture of peace.

The Luxembourg Peace Prize honors the outstanding in the field of peace. The categories of the Luxembourg Peace Prize and their celebration amplify the aims and goals of the World Peace Forum.


Outstanding Peace Activist, Outstanding Peace Education, Outstanding Peace Organization, Outstanding Public Peace Efforts, Outstanding Peace Support, Outstanding Peace Technology, Outstanding Youth Peace worker, Outstanding Peace Process, Outstanding Peace Journalism, Outstanding Environmental Peace, Outstanding Inner Peace, Outstanding Art for Peace, Outstanding Sport for Peace.

The sculpture by ‘Duván’:

The conceptual origin of the Cadira per la Pau  sculpture can be found in the peace talks in Colombia that date back to 1999. These peace talks were held between the Colombian National Government, at that time under the presidency of Andrés Pastrana, and a representative of the armed groups belonging to the guerrilla organizations.  At that meeting where the two parties in conflict were to appear, the representative of the armed groups did not attend, so a chair was left empty, this chair of the guerrilla leader who did not attend the meeting.  The episode was known as, “The Empty Chair”.  The impossibility of reaching an agreement and peace once again led Duván López to take these events as triggers for the creation of the sculpture.  “Today peace has no chair although it may seem so from afar… and so we continue with an empty chair of will to speak about Peace.” (Duván)

Duván López Yepes,Colombian painter, sculptor and poet, Quimbaya, Quindío * 1954 – …

The 9th Luxembourg Peace Prize 2020 Ceremony will take place in the frame of the 5th Transatlantic Dialogue.

For further Information:

Vicki Hansen

World Peace Forum Luxembourg Chapter President &

Head of Luxembourg Peace Prize Committee


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