The award has repeatedly sparked controversy. There was a diplomatic problem when China’s Liu Xiaobo was awarded the prize in 2010, and heads of state such as Abiy Ahmed in Ethiopia (2019) and Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar (1991) were later criticized for violating the objectives of the Peace Prize. Who will it be this year?
Last year, the award ceremony was less controversial and awarded to the World Food Program (WFP), and a similar organization tops the lists of possibilities this year as well, the World Health Organization (WHO).
After nearly two years of outrage over the pandemic, the United Nations has set up an international program to distribute vaccines to ensure poor countries also recover from the crisis.
The World Health Organization is back on TV 2’s Foreign Affairs Division No. 1 list. One of those who believe in the World Health Organization is reporter Austin Bogen.
“The World Health Organization was also among the favorites last year, but now that the pandemic is in full swing, the Nobel Committee has been able to a greater extent see the results of the massive work done by the World Health Organization to prevent infection and secure births. Coronary Vaccines for the poorest countries in the world.
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The Nobel Committee has often awarded the prize to organizations that promote international cooperation. Although the World Health Organization has been criticized, no other organization has been so successful in coordinating the international response to the worst pandemic the world has seen since 1918.
Reporter and External Affairs Coordinator Malin Kvamie also believes in the World Health Organization as this year’s candidate.
Covid-19 has been a trending topic around the world for the past year. So, I think this year’s Peace Prize goes to the World Health Organization, which has played a very pivotal role in global cooperation in fighting the pandemic, says Kvami.
The press and the press
But the topic at the top of the diplomatic corps’ list more than anyone else is the journalistic organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in France.
Freedom of the press is under tremendous pressure in a number of countries. Here in the US, too, a lot has been done in recent years to spread disdain for serious and critical media, says US correspondent Frederic Griesvik.
– I think this year’s award was given to one of the organizations working in the field of press freedom, Reporters Without Borders or the Committee to Protect Journalists, and to one or more of the brave journalists who tried to silence them.
Supported by colleague Kjetil Iden:
– Since the Nobel Committee can sometimes be accused of being a little late for events, I think this year’s award goes to Reporters Without Borders, which was supposed to receive the award several years ago, says Eden.
– Attacks on freedom of the press and therefore democracy, peace and human rights have increased sharply in recent years, and the Nobel Prize for the RSF comes well, but it is too late.
The Director of the Peace Research Division, Henrik Urdahl, also has Reporters Without Borders at his head Annual Wish List Based on the organization’s work for open and fact-based journalism. Reporters Without Borders also monitored attacks and killings of journalists.
In the same spirit, the International Fact-Finding Network (IFCN) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) are mentioned.
Brussels reporter Elaine Sursdale is among those pushing a button at this year’s awards ceremony.
My favorite journalist and editor, Maria Ressa, is one of the founders of the online newspaper Rappler in the Philippines.
I worked as an investigative journalist for several decades. Under constant threats from the Philippine authorities, it has yet to reveal how the president is using social media to manipulate his people.
Ressa is also part of the committee set up by Reporters Without Borders in 2018 to fight for freedom of expression and democracy.
The charges against her include a prison sentence of more than 100 years. Sorsdale says she sometimes receives an average of 90 hate messages an hour, for her tireless work in defense of democracy.
Opposition and opponents
A number of competing lists also include the Belarusian political opposition Svetlana Tikanovskaya.
Before and after the August 2020 presidential election, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko crushed any form of protest against elections that were neither free nor fair according to the European Union.
Opposition groups and journalists have been arrested and harassed.
Tikhanovskaya advocated nonviolent opposition to the regime from his post-election exile.
Another prominent name is the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Navalny had to survive the violence and poisoning and is now in prison. Large portions of Navalny’s colleagues were persecuted, harassed, and investigated.
The situation in Hong Kong has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years. Nathan Le Kwon Chung, one of the leaders of the “Umbrella Revolution” in 2014 and the youngest elected member of the district legislature, has very good prospects ahead of this year’s award. He lived in exile in Britain in recent years and fought to maintain democracy in Hong Kong.
Foreign correspondent Bent Skjerstad believes that the price is on the trend this year.
– I’m not sure this year who will get the peace prize, but many believe it will be correct and important if you go to the opposition in Hong Kong or China. But considering how things went when Xiaobo received the award, it is doubtful whether the committee would dare to do so, says reporter Bent Skjærstad.
Foreign Minister Aslaug C. Henriksen believes it would be interesting if this year’s award were given to an individual or organization that campaigns for human rights.
– I see the UN Human Rights Council is mentioned, admittedly it is at the bottom of the regulations, but it was interesting that this year’s award would go to an international organization that works to protect human rights, says Henriksen.
I remember Secretary of State Ine Eriksen Soreide who said at the UiB conference that we must fight every day to prevent a setback in human rights. More time is spent defending norms and rights previously agreed upon by states, rather than time defending new standards.
But Henriksen also notes that the Association of Polish Judges has been nominated for a Peace Prize.
– They have fought a long battle against the authorities that undermine the independence of the courts and judges. It’s also about preventing relapses.
Climate change, emission reduction, green policies and technology have been a hot topic in recent years. This year there was an ominous climate report, and there will be a climate summit in Glasgow.
This is perhaps the main reason why the United Nations climate agreement, UNFCCC, ranks so high on many lists. The goal of the agreement since 1992 has been to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases.
Climate activists such as Greta Thunberg are also well placed in terms of prospects and are mentioned in relation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Thunberg has been a vocal voice in the climate battle with his school’s climate strike and is speaking around the world.
With more than 300 filters, there are always a number of strangers. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is one of them. Ardern has led New Zealand’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and has made efforts for diversity and inclusion in its government.
British footballer Marcus Rashford has also been nominated and featured in potential lists for his work on behalf of the underprivileged in the UK.
If you really want to gamble with who will get the peace prize, then famous names like Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Michelle Obama, Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pope Francis all have high odds.
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