The Future of Hope


“Our motto must be, “in spite of despair, hope must exist. In spite of suffering, humanity must prevail. And in spite of all the differences in the world, the worst peril, is indifference.” — Elie Wiesel

The Future of Hope

Hiroshima Conference - 1995

Marking the conclusion of the World War II commemorations and the approaching end of the twentieth century, “The Future of Hope” was co-sponsored by The Elie Wiesel Foundation and The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s largest circulating newspaper. The goal of the conference was to remind the international community of its moral obligation to safeguard the destiny of future generations

World leaders, Nobel Laureates, eminent writers, scientists, physicians, and opinion and business leaders discussed the role of government and culture in the creation of societal hope, democracy and the proliferation of nuclear arms, and the advent and importance of the age of technology. Through intense dialogue and debate which reflected the experience of the past and fears for the future, the Hiroshima conference put forth a declaration that offers the hope of a more humane world order for the twenty-first century. Participants included President Vaclav Havel, President Jimmy Carter, President Nelson Mandela, President Oscar Arias Sánchez, President Shimon Peres, Ted Koppel, and Arthur Gelb.

The Future of Hope Award
“If humanity has any hope for a decent future, it lies in the awakening of a humane sense of responsibility, the kind of responsibility rooted far more deeply than the world of transient and temporary interests.” — Excerpt from President Vaclav Havel’s Acceptance Speech
Hiroshima, December 7, 1995