The winner of this yr’s Nobel Peace Prize will likely be introduced at this time in Oslo, with no scarcity of causes or candidates on this yr’s checklist.
While the Norwegian Nobel Committee maintains absolute secrecy about whom it favours for arguably the world’s most prestigious prize, that has by no means stopped hypothesis forward of the announcement.
Guesses — and bets — this yr have targeted on Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, recovering from a nerve agent assault he blames on Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the World Health Organization for its position in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
Even U.S. President Donald Trump appears to imagine he deserves the prize, although one of many few predictions that pundits really feel snug making is that he’ll be dissatisfied.
There are 318 candidates — 211 people and 107 organizations. Nominations will be made by a choose group, together with nationwide lawmakers, heads of state and sure worldwide establishments.
The deadline for nominations was Feb. 1, which signifies that these on the entrance traces of combating COVID-19 — which was solely declared a pandemic in March — seem unlikely contenders.
Along with huge status, the prize comes with a 10-milion krona ($1.5 million Cdn) money award and a gold medal to be handed out at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s loss of life. This yr’s ceremony will likely be scaled down as a result of pandemic.
On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and drugs for locating the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus. Tuesday’s prize for physics honoured breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry prize on Wednesday went to scientists behind a strong gene-editing instrument. The literature prize was awarded to American poet Louise Gluck on Thursday for her “candid and uncompromising” work.
Still to return subsequent week is the prize for excellent work within the discipline of economics.