Several special guests joined Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Tuesday night to celebrate his 83rd birthday at the University of the Western Cape. Guests at the 4th annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture included fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former president FW de Klerk, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, and guest speaker Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland. Robinson, who is a fellow founding member of the Elders with Tutu, focused her lecture on the inclusion of women in peace processes and climate change concerns across the globe.
Wishing a very #HappyBirthday to Archbishop Desmond Tutu! #friendship @TheDesmondTutu @TutuLegacy @DesmondTutuPF pic.twitter.com/5Ez3rfZ8pj — DalaiLama Foundation (@dlfound) October 7, 2014
Robinson remained diplomatic as she answered questions from the audience.
There was no mention of the decision to relocate the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which was meant to be held in Cape Town, as a result of the Dalai Lama allegedly not being granted a visa to attend.