The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.Press release
"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).
Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers frequently asked questions about the Nobel Peace Prize.Questions & Answers
Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded 1901-2016.
Peace Prizes have been divided between three persons.
women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so far.
is the average age of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the year they were awarded the prize.
Peace Prize Laureate, Le Duc Tho, has declined the Nobel Peace Prize.
Alfred Nobel left no explanation as to why the Peace Prize was to be awarded by a Norwegian committee while the other four prizes were to be handled by Swedish committees.More about the Nobel Peace Prize during the past century
Listen to telephone interviews with the four representatives for the awarded key organizations in the National Dialogue Quartet.Interviews and transcripts
After the announcement of the Prace Prize, Kaci Kullmann Five of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, was interviewed about the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.Watch the video interview
All four representatives for the awarded key organizations in the National Dialogue Quartet delivered one part each of the Nobel Lecture at the Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.Read the lecture
In his Nobel Lecture, Kailash Satyarthi, called for "a march from exploitation to education, from poverty to shared prosperity, a march from slavery to liberty, and a march from violence to peace."
Malala Yousafzai dedicated her Peace Prize to "those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change."
In this interview clip, Kailash Satyarthi shares some memorable moments from the Nobel Days in Oslo, Norway.
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?Play the Prisoners of War Game and find out!
The Red Cross has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times - in 1917, 1944 and 1963The Red Cross: Three-Time Recipient of the Peace Prize
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».Read Henry Dunant's biography