Climate change activist Greta Thunberg, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni and the World Health Organization (WHO) are among the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nominees, all backed by Norwegian lawmakers.
(What’s more: Russian Justice sentences Navalni to three and a half years in prison).
Although these nominations do not imply the endorsement of the Nobel committee, which are open until this Sunday, members of parliaments from around the world, and even former winners, can propose their candidates.
One of the names that draws attention is that of Henrik Urdal, Director of the Oslo Peace Research Institute, whom Norwegian legislators themselves have nominated year after year since 2014, with the exception of 2019.
Greta Thunberg, who was nominated in 2019 and 2020 for the Nobel Peace Prize, was again highlighted by Norwegian lawmakers for her fight against climate change. Named as one of “the main spokespersons in the fight against the climate crisis”They also highlighted the campaign group she co-founded, Fridays for Future, which also received the endorsement.
For its part, Alexéi Navalni, sentenced to three and a half years in prison in Russia, was nominated by Russian academics and by former Norwegian Minister Ola Elvestuen for his “efforts for a peaceful democratization of Russia.”
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For its part, WHO and its Covax program, which seeks to ensure fair access to covid-19 vaccines for poor countries, is another of the initial candidates for the award.
The battle against coronavirus is front and center, including a nomination for the GAVI vaccine alliance.
Likewise, the Norwegian parliamentarian Petter Eide nominated the movement Black Lives Matter “for his fight against racism and racially motivated violence.”
Other nominees include the former president of the United States, Donald trump, NATO, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and Aminatou Haidar, for his peaceful campaign towards an independent Western Sahara.
Other names that sound like the Belarusian activists Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo for their “fight for fair elections and inspiration for peaceful resistance“said the nominator, Geir Sigbjoern Toskedal.
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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights group, and IUSTITIA, a group of Polish judges who defend civil rights, are also nominated.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides who wins the prize, does not comment on the nominations, keeping the names of the nominees and the non-selected nominees secret. But nominators can choose to reveal their choices.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides who wins the prize, does not comment on the nominations, keeping the names of the nominers secret.
Once the dates are met, which ends this Sunday, the committee draws up a short list of candidates after evaluating the work of all those who have been presented.
Freedom of information is usually one of the issues that haunt the nominees, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, former Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb el Rhazoui, the Hong Kong Free Press news website, the International Data Verification Network, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
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Nobel Peace Prize: Greta Thunberg and WHO are nominated