Russian political dissident Alexei Navalny, the World Health Organization (WHO), and climate change activist Greta Thunberg are some of the candidates nominated by Norwegian lawmakers for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Proposals from prominent individuals and organizations can be submitted by thousands of people around the world, from MPs to former winners, and those nominations, which end on Sunday, January 31, do not mean they will be supported by the Nobel Committee.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament nominated Trump
Former President Donald Trump, entered the nominations list thanks to Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian Parliament member, who also nominated Trump back in 2018, for his efforts and progress in the relations with North Korea.
This year Tybring-Gjedde decided to nominate Trump for his help which helped to sign a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee, which decides the winner, does not comment on the nominations, keeping the names of the nominators and the names of unsuccessful candidates secret for 50 years.
However, nominators have the right to disclose their nominations to the public. Nominated three Belarusian women, WHO, and civil rights groups
Norwegian lawmakers also proposed Greta Thunberg, Navalny, WHO, and its COVAX program, set to give both poor and low-income countries access to covid-19 vaccines.
Thunberg has been named as “one of the most prominent figures in the fight against global warming” alongside a campaign group called Friday for the Future, of which Thunberg is one of the co-founders.
Navalny was named for “efforts to implement peaceful democratization in Russia” and was nominated by former Norwegian Foreign Minister Ola Elvestuen.
Other candidates include Svetlana Tikhanovska, Marija Koljesnikova, and Veronika Cepkalo, three Belarusian women leading the fight for “free elections by providing peaceful resistance”, said Norwegian proponent Geir Sigbjoern Toskedal.
Jette Christensen proposed the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights group, and the IUSTITIA association, which brings together Polish judges notable in civil rights defense.
“My nomination this year … is a struggle to preserve democracy as a form of government in Europe,” Christensen explained.
NATO, UNHCR, Reporters Without Borders
The list of nominees also includes many members of the media, among whom the most prominent are Zineb el Rhazoui, a former journalist of a French satirical magazine, the information portal Hong Kong Free Press, and Reporters Without Borders.
Other candidates include the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize will be announced in October.