The Executive Director of Quinnipiac Universityâ€™s Albert Schweitzer Institute was in Rome last week at a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize winners .
Albert Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. In his acceptance speech he talked about the dangers of nuclear testing and the arms race. David Ives, Executive Director of Hamdenâ€™s Albert Schweitzer Institute went to Rome to talk about Schweitzerâ€™s work. Ives sat on a panel with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for a discussion about nuclear weapons. Speaking by phone from Italy, Ives said many people are frustrated about the issue.
"I talked a little bit about the nuclear non-proliferation treaty from the early '70s and part of the deal there was if other countries didnâ€™t proliferate or develop nuclear weapons that the nuclear weapons countries would disarm...gradually but they would disarm...and there really been not a lot of progress in that," Ives said.
This yearâ€™s Nobel Peace Laureates World Summit presented actors George Clooney and Don Cheadle with awards for their work in Darfur. The event concluded on Saturday with the signing of a â€œCharter for A World without Violenceâ€