OSLO, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nobel Peace Prize Concert organizers announced that The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Fund is continuing as the global benefactor for the 20th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, in Oslo, Norway at the Oslo Spektrum arena.
"The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Fund in the United States is very proud to once again be the global benefactor of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert," said Timothy R. Pearson, managing family member. "We are committed to helping recognize individuals and entities who embrace the ideals of Alfred Nobel, and who make a difference in the global society in which we live."
"This global benefactor role represents the Pearson Family's continued and growing participation with the Nobel Peace Center and Nobel Peace Prize Concert," said Thomas L. Pearson, managing family member. "Importantly, it underscores the Pearson Family's commitment to inspire and encourage the on-going discussion and resolution of global conflicts. We fervently share the hope for a world that is at peace."
The Pearsons added, "The Pearson Family, through philanthropy and educational initiatives, seeks to encourage and recognize individuals and entities that have demonstrated a significant positive impact on worldwide peace and conflict resolution. By supporting these Nobel activities, the Pearson Family hopes to foster a global understanding of peace that aligns with the spirit of the Nobel Peace Prize, which has been awarded to individuals and organizations for more than a century."
"We are grateful to The Pearson Family for their on-going role as Global Benefactor of this year's Concert," said Geir Lundestad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. "The Pearsons' continued generous support will help us create a truly memorable evening to honour and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons."
This year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert will honor the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its "extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons." Since 1997, the OPCW has, through inspections, destruction and by other means, sought to achieve this goal. Critically, 190 countries have acceded to date to the convention prohibiting the production and storage of chemical weapons. The award is given annually to an individual or organization whose work exemplifies a spirit of hope and leadership that will help promote peace in the world.
The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring icons such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, and other remarkable individuals and organizations. For the past nineteen years, the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, a musical celebration honoring the laureate, has followed the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony the next day.
Claire Danes will co-host the 20th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Wednesday, December 11th in Oslo, Norway at the Oslo Spektrum arena. The Concert will feature previously announced artists including nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige, multiple Grammy nominated British singer-songwriter James Blunt, Swedish teen sensation Zara Larsson, and Norwegian hip hop duo Envy, with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information on the Nobel Peace Prize and Concert, please visit nobelpeaceprizeconcert.org
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DKC Public Relations
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Nobel Concert Press Officer
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