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[GMW Special - II] Robert Muller Nomination For Nobel Peace Prize 2003 by Rodrigo Carazo Odio, former president of Costa Rica

[GMW Special - II] Robert Muller Nomination For Nobel Peace Prize 2003 by Rodrigo Carazo Odio, former president of Costa Rica  Idea Dream - Robert Muller's Ideas 3001 to 4000

As Barbara says, "This letter says it all - from Rodrigo Carazo Odio, former president of Costa Rica to the Norwegian Nobel Committee."

Robert Muller Nomination For Nobel Peace Prize 2003 by Rodrigo Carazo Odio, former president of Costa Rica.

Rodrigo Carazo Odio
Escazú, Costa Rica

January 22, 2003

The Norwegian Nobel Committee
Drammensveien 19
NO-0255 Oslo

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to nominate Dr. Robert Muller for the Nobel Peace Prize. I have known Robert since September 27, 1978, the very same day I was, as president of Costa Rica, delivering to the UN General Assembly the idea and proposal to create a United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. Robert actively supported this initiative for two years until the General Assembly finally approved the creation of the University for Peace (UPEACE) through Resolution 35/55 on December 5, 1980.

I appointed Robert as Chancellor of UPEACE in 1986 for one dollar a year. In truth, he has worked for free all these years and has been instrumental in moving its mission forward: to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings a spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, to stimulate cooperation amongst people, and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the charter of the United Nations.

Despite the lack of funding for UPEACE and other major institutional challenges, Robert persevered over the years, using his peacemaking skills to inspire support and cooperation. At times, the University would have closed its doors had it not been for his constant encouragement and international influence. The outcome of Robert’s steady determination that UPEACE would succeed is reflected in UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s decision in 2001 to serve as the Honorary President of the UPEACE Council.

In the Advisory Meeting on the Academic Program of UPEACE at the United Nations headquarters in 2001, the Secretary-General stated that “…in the next generation, we have a mission to stimulate large numbers of students on every continent to reflect seriously on human conflict, its causes and consequences, and ways to prevent its deadly outcome.” Robert was ahead of his time and dedicated over 24 years to UPEACE, laying the groundwork to carry out peace education internationally.

In 1989, Robert received the UNESCO Peace Education Prize for his innovative work in peace education, particularly the World Core Curriculum now taught in 35 schools throughout the world. Upon presentation of the prize, Federico Mayor, Director-General of UNESCO, said  “Wherever in the world there is a major peace initiative, a peace conference, a citizens’ movement or project for peace, a new initiative or idea for international cooperation, there we encounter the name of Robert Muller. After 38 years of devoted behind-the-scenes work at the United Nations, he has emerged as one of the great peacemakers of our time.”

The World Core Curriculum continues to gain world recognition as a role model of education.  In 1990 a vivid debate on world core curricula began in educational circles, especially the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development of the United States. An International World Core Curriculum Conference was held in Costa Rica in 1997. Furthermore, Gloria Crook, founder of the first Robert Muller School, states “there will be thousands of Robert Muller Schools in the future – all around the world! It is time for a New Genesis in education.”

Robert has an uncanny ability to inspire people of all ages and cultures to actively work for peace. For example, during a 1996 Teen Honors Exchange Program, which included students from Texas and Costa Rica, Robert spoke at length on how the United Nations had helped him become a global citizen. Then he invited the group to his charming country home where he spontaneously made scrambled eggs and beans for lunch. As a result, one young man commented, “This has opened my insides, so that they can never be closed again to the world and to new ideas. In all my years of living, these two weeks are by far the most important I have ever been granted.”

Another outstanding example of Robert’s impact that I became aware of is the Airline Ambassadors. While traveling, Robert was asked by a flight attendant how she could make a difference for peace in the world. He responded with the idea that the airlines could provide transportation for humanitarian causes. As a result, Nancy Larson Rivard has called Robert the “Grandfather of the Airline Ambassadors” that she founded in 1996.  Since then they have coordinated the donation and delivery of over $3.7 million in aid to disaster areas, orphanages and medical clinics in need, provided over 400 travel escorts for Third World disadvantaged orphans in need of medical life-changing medical care, involved over 62,000 children in 54 countries in youth education projects and humanitarian outreach programs and other projects too numerous to mention.

Robert also mentored Rita Marie Johnson, Ph.D., a peace educator who wants to create “peaceable schools” internationally.  As a result, she founded a “peaceable school”, wrote a book on the subject, created a foundation and is now producing a musical theatre work  that advocates for peace education in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica. This spectacle has been officially decreed a cultural event of national interest by President Miguel Angel Rodriguez and is scheduled for performances in March 2002.

Robert Muller was profoundly moved by the sufferings experienced in his childhood and, at an early age, chose to devote his life and vocation to being a peacemaker. He has achieved this goal through utilizing many channels and with great practical success. He continues to serve as a global peacemaker through his role at UPEACE, his writing, his speeches and his empowerment of individuals.

At a time in which the world is hurting and thirsty for hope, Robert is a vivid example of what an ordinary man, whose father was a humble hatmaker, can do for the benefit of humanity.  Much of his power, inspiration and vision can be understood as an expression of his spiritual stature. His personal achievement of peace has touched the lives of millions and will resound in the halls of world history.

Very truly yours,

Rodrigo Carazo O.
President of Costa Rica, 1978-1982
Founder of the Interamerican Institute of Human Rights, 1981
Founder of the University for Peace, 1980
President of the Costa Rican Parliament, 1966-1967
President of the Friends of the University for Peace Foundation
Promoter of the installation of the Interamerican Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica   

Celebrate Robert's birthday - today. Write to us and send your meaningful stories about Robert over the next week or so. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to celebrate the incredible life of a light force being, Robert, who taught us and inspires us so much, especially living the virtues for a better world for everyone - people and nature. -- Send your stories, thoughts and comments by email and by commenting on this post. -- Dearest Good Morning World readers; Today is Robert's birthday and what a joy indeed it is to have an entire day to mindfully focus on the gift of living a peace-full life, and to create it with our thoughts, emotions, visualizations, drawings, poems, and writings to give birth to peace. I do believe that Peace already exists. To nurture peace we must first disarm our hearts, our minds, our eyes and our speech.

Dearest Barbara Gaughen-Muller and I had a conversation yesterday. She shared with me her idea to invite all Good Morning World readers to send their stories of how dearest Robert Muller was an inspiration for them - to decide to live in peace, to believe in peace, to nurture peace and to become an instrument of peace in this life.

This is a fabulous idea. I can hear Robert saying, "Oh, what a wonderful idea this is to celebrate my life."

So dear Good Morning World readers, please write to us and send your meaningful stories over the next week or so. - dearest Robert's birthday week. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to celebrate the incredible life of a light force being, Robert, who taught us and inspires us so much, especially living the virtues for a better world for everyone - people and nature.

Send your stories, thoughts and comments by replying to this email and commenting on this post on Robert's Facebook page - Ideas & Dreams For A Better World!

Thank you so much dearest Barbara for your kind heart.

Cheers everyone and Happy Birthday dearest Robert!!!

Katherine Ward
Universal Peace Ambassador #314

Robert's The Miracle, Joy and Art of Living,
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