Sean Penn, the actor and human rights activist hits Chicago next month to pick up an award at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit the city is hosting.
Penn will receive the "2012 Peace Summit Award" "for his work to rebuild and aid the victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights protection worldwide," City Hall said in a statement.
"It's difficult to properly respond to this while avoiding cliché," Penn said. "But quite deliberately, I'm thrilled to receive this tribute and to represent it to the youth of Haiti, the strong women of Haiti, and of the world," Penn said in a statement.
"Tomorrow is a new day where cynicism is for cowards, and men of virtue and agency will be true heroes to their sons. Many in my generation know cowardice well, but not the youth, and not the women. And never the Haitians. This is an extraordinary honor in an extraordinary moment on Earth. I'm very grateful," he said.
The Nobel summit, April 23-25 is attracting an international who's who of Nobel Peace prize winners to Chicago--but not President Barack Obama who won in 2009:
Nobel Peace Laureate confirmed to attend the 12th World Summit:
· Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Northern Ireland (1976)
· President Lech Wałęsa, Poland (1983)
· President Óscar Arias, Costa Rica (1987)
· His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet (1989)
· President Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia (1990)
· President Frederik Willem de Klerk, South Africa (1993)
· Professor Jody Williams, United States (1997)
· President Jimmy Carter, United States (2002)
Background, from release:
"Chicago will welcome 20 Nobel Peace Laureates from 17 countries around the globe this April 23 - 25 for the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, together with the 2012 Chicago Host Committee, have announced that eleven Nobel Peace Prize-winning individuals and nine Laureate organizations are currently confirmed to attend and participate in the three-day event--the first time the international peacemaking summit will be held in North America."