The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced at 1100 today (7th October 2016) that it has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people. The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process. This tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.

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Given UWC RCN’s commitment to ‘peace and a sustainable future’, the Colombian UWC National Committee, and 14 Colombians who have studied at RCN since it was founded (including two members of our Survivors of Conflict programme), please join the RCN community in celebrating the award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Richard DA Lamont
UWC Red Cross Nordic