About the Nobel Peace Prize


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The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was announced Friday, October 12, 2007. This year, the Nobel will be split between Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for working to spread greater awareness of man-made climate change.

The prize is awarded every year on December 10 in Oslo, Norway. It's the only Nobel not awarded in Stockholm. The recipient is selected by a committee of five people chosen by the Storting - the Norwegian Parliament.

Recent recipients:

- 2006: Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below."

- 2005: International Atomic Energy Agency and Mohamed ElBaradei, "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way."

- 2004: Wangari Maathai, "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace."

- 2003: Shirin Ebadi, "for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children."

- 2002: Jimmy Carter, "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

- 2001: United Nations and Kofi Annan, "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

- 2000: Kim Dae-jung, "for his work for democracy and human rights in South Korea and in East Asia in general, and for peace and reconciliation with North Korea in particular."

- 1999: Médecins Sans Frontières, "in recognition of the organization's pioneering humanitarian work on several continents."

- 1998: John Hume and David Trimble, "for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland."

- 1997: International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams, "for their work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines."

Source: The Nobel Foundation

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