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Collage Peace Prize Laureates

2014 Peace Prize will be announced in:

41 days

Friday 10 October, 11:00 a.m.


Number: 94 Prizes to 126 Laureates
Declined the Peace Prize: 1
Awarded women: 15
Average age of a Peace Prize Laureate: 62

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The Nobel Peace Prize

Awarded to 126 Nobel Laureates since 1901

“The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

(Excerpt from the will of Alfred Nobel)

Alfred Nobel was interested in social issues and was engaged in the peace movement. His acquaintance with Bertha von Suttner (who was later awarded the 1905 Nobel Peace Prize) influenced his own views on peace. Perhaps his peace interest was also because his inventions were used in warfare and assassination attempts? Peace was the fifth and final prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five persons who are chosen by the Norwegian Storting (Parliament of Norway), Oslo, Norway.

Nelson Mandela at the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 together with Frederik Willem de Klerk for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa. Nelson Mandela died on 5 December.

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2013 Peace Prize

Gasmasks. Photo: Mattias Skoog via stock.xchng

Elimination of Chemical Weapons

The Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".

Nobel Diploma

Nobel Diploma

On 10 December, Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of OPCW, received the Nobel Prize medal and diploma at the award ceremony in Oslo.

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Ahmet Üzümcü

Ahmet Üzümcü in Interview

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü talks about OPCW's mission and most challenging tasks.

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The Red Cross Movement

Prisoners of War Game

People can't behave as they like during times of war! The Geneva Conventions of written rules and articles make some acts unlawful .... How would you perform as a camp commander of a prisoners of war camp?

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Awarded Three Times

The Red Cross has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times - in 1917, 1944 and 1963

The Red Cross: Three-Time Recipient of the Peace Prize
Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross in 1863, was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. In accordance with his wishes he was carried to his grave «like a dog».

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