The Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai – awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – donated this scarf to the Nobel Museum which she wore when she argued for all children's right to education at the United Nations headquarters in 2013.

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About the prize

“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 showed a big interest in social issues and was engaged in the peace movement. His acquaintance with Bertha von Suttner, who was a driving force in the international peace movement in Europe and later awarded the Peace Prize, influenced his views on peace. Peace was the fifth and final prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).

See all peace prize laureates or learn about the nomination process.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his important work to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

Abiy Ahmed Ali has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.

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Abiy Ahmed Ali

Abiy Ahmed Ali

Ill. Niklas Elmehed. © Nobel Media.

2019 Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed Ali is Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since April 2018. He was born in Beshasha, Ethiopia.

Abiy Ahmed Ali is the first Ethiopian to be awarded a Nobel Prize. This year's prize is also the 100th Nobel Peace Prize.

Abiy Ahmed Ali.

Abiy Ahmed Ali.

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An interview with Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, about the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Olav Njølstad.

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See Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel lecture about the work done for children’s education.

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Malala Yousafzai delivered her Nobel Lecture on 10 December 2014.

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