Nobel Peace Prize Laureate José Ramos-Horta in Hong Kong to launch "Words of Hope"
September 26, 2018

Along with Bright Hong Kong, Asia Global Institute, and The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences, APRU hosted a visit with José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1996) and President of East Timor (2007-2012) on September 6 and 7 with an intense agenda of activities.

The program started the 6th with the breakfast offered by Bright Hong Kong, followed by the ceremony to present the book ¨Words of Hope in Troubled Times¨ and two lectures that brought together -the 7 of September-, more than 500 students of all grades, as well as staff from the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. There was also a Chatham House rule dialogue with postgraduate students at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.

There was also an emotional encounter with a group of refugees who are literally in limbo, trapped in Hong Kong, and without hope of going to a third country.

Ramos-Horta gave some interviews, one of them published in the weekly edition of the South China Morning Post by Raquel Carvalho.

José Ramos-Horta is Member at the High-Level Board on Mediation, established by the UN Secretary-General (2017-2019) and External Advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly, 2017-2018; also Commissioner at the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Geneva). In 1996, along with his fellow countryman, Bishop Ximenes Belo, Ramos-Horta was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Largely through Ramos-Horta’s efforts, in 2002 Timor-Leste did ultimately win its independence, and in 2006 he was appointed the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and then elected its President in 2007.

Ramos-Horta is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promotes good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law. It does so by making available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders.

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