On December 10, 1996, José Ramos-Horta and Timorese Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo stood in front of European Heads of State and Royalty, and dignitaries from around the world, and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Ramos-Horta’s acceptance speech encapsulated the state of the world at points around the world, and expressed his hope for a better world. 

Read the speech here.