Nobel Prize

  • Nobel Peace Prize 2016 Juan Manuel Santos

    October 7, 2016

    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. The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who have not given up hope of a just peace.
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  • Leymah Gbowee

    Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates

    February 27, 2015

    As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, Adekeye Adebajo’s new book ‘Africa’s Peace Makers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent’ provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950. These laureates have been variously involved in women’s rights, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament. ‘Africa’s Peacemakers’ reveals how this remarkable collection of individuals has changed the world.

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  • A Nobel Prize for the OPCW's Work in Syria

    A Nobel Prize for the OPCW’s Work in Syria

    October 17, 2013

    Last Friday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2013 ‘for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons’. The OPCW is an intergovernmental organization which was created in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention. The OPCW has as its mission to dismantle all chemical weapons arsenals and to monitor and prevent the use of chemical substances as a means of warfare. Chemical weapons have been used since the early existance of mankind. There are many documented examples of the use of chemical weapons by our ancestors. The use of chemical weapons has been prohibited by international law.

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  • Leymah Gbowee

    Interview: Ms Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

    August 30, 2013

    Ms Gbowee was invited to the Peace Palace to unveil the bust of Bertha von Suttner during the celebrations of the Centenary of the Peace Palace on August 28, 2013. The Austrian Baroness Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was the only woman to attend the 1899 Hague Peace Conference and was present at the opening of the Peace Palace. She also was the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 and the first woman to be honored with a bust in the Peace Palace. The editors of the Peace Palace Library Newsletter took the opportunity of Ms Gbowee’ s presence to interview her.

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  • EU leadership

    The EU and the Nobel Peace Prize: Who will say thank you?

    October 19, 2012

    European Council President Herman Van Rompuy or Jose-Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission or Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament? Together they will fly to Oslo on December 10 to represent the main institutions of the EU at the acceptance ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize 2012.

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  • Hanneke Eggels

    The Power of Poetry

    October 15, 2012

    On September 28, the world celebrated the United Nations Day of Peace with all sorts of festivities, including music, dance and poetry. In our series of interviews for our Newsletter we met with Hanneke Eggels, who expresses her concern for peace through another artistic manner, poetry.

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  • European Union awarded 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

    October 12, 2012

    On Friday, 12. October 2012, at 11.00 a.m. CET, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Nobel Committee president, announced the European Union (EU) as the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2012 at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. It was a unanimous decision. The EU was chosen out of a list of 231 candidates.The EU has played a stabilizing role in the region. It has transformed a region torn by war into a united region, a “continent of peace”.

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  • Inspiration and innovation in international law and politics, 100 years Nobel peace prize Tobias Asser

    December 15, 2011

    The conference in honor of the late Tobias Asser, a hundred years after receiving the Nobel peace prize, featured a day long program with various speakers, presentations and panel discussions. The following is a selection of the opinions delivered by some of the most prominent speakers on the subjects of public international law and private international law. For a more detailed account of the life and legacy of Tobias Asser, please see ‘The learned guide of our nation …’.

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize 2010: Liu Xiaobo

    November 16, 2010

    Foto scanpize reuters handout The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long held the view that human rights and peace are closely linked. Human rights are essential for […]

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