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by Geir Lundestad Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, 1990 – Introduction This article is intended to serve as a basic survey of the history of the Nobel Peace Prize during its first 100 years. Since all the 107 Laureates selected from 1901 to 2000 are to be mentioned, the emphasis will be on facts…

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Award ceremony speech

Presentation Speech by Egil Aarvik, Chairman of the Norwegian Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes, through the presentation of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, to direct attention to a unifying leader figure in the campaign to solve South Africa’s apartheid problem by peaceful means. The situation…

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by Asle Sveen “I have a bias in favour of both Arabs and Jews in the sense that I believe that both are good, honourable and essentially peace-loving peoples, and are therefore as capable of making peace as of waging war …” – Ralph Bunche, 1949 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate In 1950 the Norwegian Nobel…

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Biographical

Nathan Söderblom (January 15, 1866-July 12, 1931), near the beginning and near the end of his illustrious career, found his name linked with that of another Swedish citizen of the world, . He was called to San Remo in 1897 to conduct the memorial service for Nobel and in 1930 to Oslo to receive the…

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Ralph Johnson Bunche (August 7, 1904-1971) was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father, Fred Bunche, was a barber in a shop having a clientele of whites only; his mother, Olive (Johnson) Bunche, was an amateur musician; his grandmother, «Nana» Johnson, who lived with the family, had been born into slavery. When Bunche was ten years…

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