The Nobel Peace Prize has been called “the world’s most prestigious prize“. Alfred Nobel, peace advocate and inventor of dynamite, left the money for the first five Nobel awards in his will. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who in the preceding year “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“. As of 2016, the Peace Prize has been awarded to 104 individuals and 23 organizations. Over time, many individuals have become known as “Nobel Peace Prize Nominees”, but this designation has no official standing.
Who can get Nobel Peace Prize?
Anyone, who has major contribution for peace in the world can get the Nobel Peace Prize.
The prize favors people who seek to advance humanity. Mother Teresa obtained her peace prize in 1979 for tirelessly working to help children and refugees. However, Mahatma Gandhi missed the prize. Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, Malala Yousafza and Aung San Suu Kyi are the well known figures of Nobel Peace Prize.
Criteria for Nobel Peace Prize
Mostly, American President and the life-threatened religious figures are the winners of the Nobel peace prize for their work. However, occasionally people who create paradigm shifts, or major shifts in thinking for peace, can also receive a Nobel Peace Prize for their work.
Who Can Nominate for Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel committee allowed limited people to submit nominations for the prize. The members of national assemblies and governments, members of international courts, university chancellors, university professors of certain subjects, directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes, previous winners of the Nobel peace prize and members of or advisers to the Norwegian Nobel committee are eligible to nominate for the prize.
Timing for Nobel Peace Prize
The deadline for nominating a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize is February 1. The Nobel Committee typically comes to a conclusion in mid-September, but occasionally the final decision has not been made until the last meeting before the official announcement at the beginning of October. Alfred Nobel died on the December 10, 1895, and the Peace Prize is presented on December 10.
Mission & Objectives of Nobel Peace Prize
- To promote brotherhood between all people in the world.
- To promote economic development, enhancement of social progress and better standards of life.
- To promote tolerance, understanding, solidarity and co-operation among men, women and children throughout the world without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or political orientation.
- To contribute to the removal of obstacles to peace, to work for justice, security and disarmament, and to promote the development of peaceful co-existence and co-operation among countries of the world.
Inspirational Words for World Peace
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. ” — Thich Nhat Hanh
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
— Mother Teresa
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein
“Peace is the music of every soul. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.” – Amit Ray
Securing your nomination for the next year:
The best things about the Nobel peace prize is that it can be won by organizations as well as individuals. You can work as individual or with organization. Prize is due in February, so it is not too late to start thinking about securing your nomination for the next year. How you communicate with the public matters, too.
If you don’t get the prize don’t worry, your effort will not be in vein. Someday, somewhere you will be awarded, if you work with true spirit. If you are passionate about making a difference in the world, focus your energy on your dream to make a peaceful world.