SAN DIEGO, California: The Norwegian Nobel Committee is ready to announce the recipient of the annual Nobel Peace Prize on Oct 6, drawing from a pool of 351 nominees.
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg and Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelenskyy are reportedly two of the nominees, amongst political dissidents, leaders and human rights activists who’re up for the prize. The winner will obtain a medal, US$994,000 and world recognition.
I’ve labored within the peace-building area for greater than 20 years to assist societies as they work to stop violence and finish wars. Annually, I feel I ought to look ahead to this second, when a champion of peace is widely known on the world stage.
However given the monitor document of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, I all the time really feel some dread earlier than the peace prize announcement. Will the award have fun a real peace builder, or a politician that simply occurred to signal a peace settlement? Will it have fun a real and historic achievement, or what occurs to be within the newspaper proper now?
A MIXED HISTORY
Admittedly, the Norwegian Nobel Committee – made up of 5 Norwegians, largely former politicians, whom the Norwegian parliament appoints for a six-year time period – has made some nice peace prize alternatives through the years.
South African politician Nelson Mandela, for instance, received the prize in 1993 for his work to assist finish apartheid.
And Leymah Gbowee, an activist who helped deliver peace to Liberia, received the award in 2011, alongside former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Yemeni girls’s rights activist Tawakkul Karman.
Gbowee introduced Christian and Muslim girls collectively to finish Liberia’s devastating 14-year civil conflict through the use of artistic techniques – together with a intercourse strike, by which Liberian girls promised to withhold intercourse from their husbands till a peace settlement was signed.
Regardless of the prize’s combined monitor document – and regardless of calls by some to cease giving the award – I feel the Nobel Peace Prize ought to proceed. Conflict stays certainly one of humankind’s best issues, and peace remains to be a human achievement price celebrating.