The Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai – awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – donated this scarf to the Nobel Museum which she wore when she argued for all children's right to education at the United Nations headquarters in 2013.

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“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 showed a big interest in social issues and was engaged in the peace movement. His acquaintance with Bertha von Suttner, who was a driving force in the international peace movement in Europe and later awarded the Peace Prize, influenced his views on peace. Peace was the fifth and final prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2020

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 to the World Food Programme (WFP). The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger.

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An interview with Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, about the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Olav Njølstad.

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Armlet for the Red Cross.

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See Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel lecture about the work done for children’s education.

Nobel Lecture by Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai delivered her Nobel Lecture on 10 December 2014.

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