IG’s Peace Blog

Peace and its many aspects

On the Nobel Peace Prize

I have sort of taken the NPP (get it?) for granted; but today I decided to learn more about it. Here, by the way, is the official site.

I learned that:

“Alfred Nobel’s will establishing the Peace Prize specified that the prize should go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” Fairly early in its history, the Norwegian Nobel Committee felt clear to award the Peace Prize to organizations as well as individuals. More recently, it has extended these criteria to include contribution to the advancement of human rights.”
(I got that from the American Friends Service Committee site, btw)

You can also find comprehensive lists of all the winners. Here is one.

On the official site there is an interesting page on the “Controversies and Criticisms” surrounding the prize.  Seems pretty disabused and realistic to me.

Finally you can watch video lectures from some of the recent laureates.

Do you think all the laureates have really made important contributions to peace (read the explanation on the “Controversies and Criticisms” page for Theodore Roosevelt being chosen…very interesting)?

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September 15, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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