Russian renegade and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the World Health Organization (WHO) and teenage campaigner on climate change, Greta Thunberg are among those nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, reported news agency Reuters. Former US President Donald Trump is also on the list of nominees.Also Read - Omicron Spread, Increased Social Mixing May Lead To Surge In COVID Cases In Coming Weeks: WHO
Thousands of people, from members of parliaments worldwide to former winners, are eligible to propose candidates. Nominations, which close on Sunday, do not imply an endorsement from the Nobel committee. Also Read - Is Omicron Really Mild? Doctors Worldwide Are Saying The Otherwise
Norwegian lawmakers have nominated the eventual laureate every year since 2014, with the exception of 2019, said Henrik Urdal, Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo. “The pattern from recent years is quite stunning,” he said. Also Read - COVID-19: WHO Scientists Find Two New COVID-19 Drugs, All You Need to Know
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides the winners does not comment on nominations, keeping the names of nominators and unsuccessful nominees secret for 50 years.
However, nominators can choose to reveal their picks.
According to a Reuters survey of Norwegian lawmakers, nominees include Thunberg, Navalny, the WHO and its COVAX programme to secure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries.
Thunberg was named as one of “the foremost spokespeople in the fight against the climate crisis”, with the campaigning group she co-founded, Fridays for Future, also receiving a nod.
Navalny, nominated by Russian academics, was named for his “efforts for a peaceful democratisation of Russia” by Norwegian former minister Ola Elvestuen.
The battle against COVID-19 is front and centre, hence including a nomination for the GAVI vaccine alliance.
Freedom of information is a recurring theme with nominees including the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists; former Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb el Rhazoui; news website Hong Kong Free Press, the US-based International Fact-Checking Network and Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF).
Other nominees include former US President Donald Trump, NATO and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
Also on the list is Aminatou Haidar, for her peaceful campaigning towards an independent Western Sahara, the International Space Station and the International Scout Movement.
The 2021 laureate will be announced in October.