On Friday 10th October at 11am, the Nobel Institute will announce the 2014 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has received nominations for 278 candidates (the highest number of nomination in the history of the prize) including nominations for 47 organisations. The Nobel Peace prize aims to reward a person, or organisation, who’s worked tirelessly for peace despite the world’s many hurdles. Last year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was awarded the prize for its mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stocks and 16 years of wider global efforts.
Nominees for this year’s award include: Edward Snowden, Pope Francis, Ban-Ki Moon, Malala Yasafzai, the international Space Station Organisation, Jose Mujica, Chelsea (Bradley) Manning) and many others. Since the opening of the College, the Nobel Institute in Oslo has kindly given 5 tickets for RCN students plus one for a member of staff to attend the ceremony in Oslo City Hall – and we look forward to being part of the ceremony on Wednesday 10th December.
Please click here if you would like to learn more about the Nobel Peace Prize. You will also discover on this page that the Red Cross has been awarded the prize on three occasions (1917, 1944, 1963). On this page, there is also a game which invites you to perform as a camp commander of a prisoners of war camp and test your knowledge of the Geneva Convention.
This morning, it was announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to and Malala Yousafzay (Pakistan) and Kailash Satyarthi (India) for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. On behalf of UWC Red Cross Nordic, congratulations to the joint recipients of this award and a heartfelt thank you for your unstinting and continued struggle against suppression and for the rights of children and adolescents. Since starting in 1995 we have had the privilege to send a group of our students to the prize ceremony. This year it will be a very special occasion – the award gives so much hope for young people’s rights for an education.
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On the 9th of December, five extremely excited students and Jelena, our faculty escort, settled into the school minibus to start our nightlong journey by bus to Oslo. Every one of us was looking forward to witnessing what is perhaps the most prestigious award ceremony in the world: The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
This year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was receiving the honor for its unparalleled contribution in the field of the abolition of chemical arms, especially its work recently in Syria. The OPCW is an inter-governmental organization, located in The Hague, Netherlands that strives towards the goal of the complete disarmament of chemical weaponry. So far 190 countries have ratified the Convention to become OPCW members. On the 10th of December Ahmet Uzumcu received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization in an elegant press-covered event and expressed his hope that those countries who have not yet signed and ratified the convention do so. It is encouraging that some of those countries joined the convention in early January 2014.
In the evening (after a good meal in the city centre) we also attended the Torch Rally held in honor of the winners. Unlike in the City Hall, in this beautifully flame-lit procession, the majority were young people who carried torches from Oslo’s central station to the Grand Hotel. The OPCW representatives were waving to the cheering crowd from the Hotel’s balcony. It was great to see so many young Norwegians coming together to support the Nobel Prize and OPCW’s efforts for world peace.
All in all the whole day was amazing – not many have the chance to experience what we did, and we returned to the College inspired and happy.
Yondeen Sherpa (RCN 12-14)
The attendees were students were Julia Romare (Sweden), Gong Pei (China), Leonardo Olivetti (Italy),Thea Solbakken Sæterdal (Norway) and Yondeen Sherpa (Nepal) and teacher Jelena Belamaric (Croatia).