2017 Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.
Awarded to 131 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).
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Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers questions about the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded 1901-2017.
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Nobel’s Will and the 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.
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?
Awarded Three Times
The Red Cross has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times – in 1917, 1944 and 1963
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».
2016 Peace Prize
“His endeavors to promote peace thus fulfil the criteria and spirit of Alfred Nobel’s will”
“This is a commitment to keep trying to bring peace to my country”
Listen to the call when Olav Njølstad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, delivers the news to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
“We want to honor him, make a tribute to the very important work he has been doing”
Following the announcement, Kaci Kullman Five, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and Olav Njølstad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, were interviewed about the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
“Thank you very much for this vote of confidence and faith in the future of my country”
Read or listen to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ Nobel Lecture “Peace in Colombia: From the Impossible to the Possible”.
A Driving Force to Advance Peaceful Democratic Development in Tunisia
“We did it together, the four of us”
Listen to telephone interviews with the four representatives for the awarded key organizations in the National Dialogue Quartet.
“They saw the need to act as one”
After the announcement of the Peace Prize, Kaci Kullmann Five of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, was interviewed about the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.
“This tribute is not only to us”
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.
A Common Struggle for Education and against Extremism
“Let us democratise knowledge”
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.”
“This award is not just for me”
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.”
“When I was giving my Nobel Lecture I lost my manuscript”
In this interview clip, Kailash Satyarthi shares some memorable moments from the Nobel Days in Oslo, Norway.