Culture of Peace

2020 List of Valid Nobel Peace Prize Nominations

From The Nobel Peace Prize Watch, February 2020

Letter submitted to the committee here
Media release here
See our NPPW guidelines for screening
The address for the full list is:

A. NEW nominations, 
(known /endorsed by NPPW for the first time in 2020):

The individual links to each of the valid nominations Full link Country
Kate Dewes/Rob Green New Zealand/UK
Madeleine Rees UK
Cora Weiss USA

B. Repeated earlier nominations 

The address for the full 2018 list is:
The Nobel Peace Prize Watch guidelines for screening nominations

The individual links to each of the valid nominations Full link Country
Ikuro Anzai
Article 9 Association Japan
Abolition 2000
international organization
Assange, Julian
Benjamin, Medea
Bolkovac, Kathryn USA
Ellsberg, Daniel
Engle, Dawn
Falk, Richard
Ferencz, Benjamin
Galtung, Johan
Global Zero
international organization
Nihon Hidankyo
IALANA (International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms)
Berlin, New York, Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Juristen und Juristinnen gegen atomare, biologische und chemische Waffen
Kelly, Kathy
Kent, Bruce
Krieger, David
Kuyukov, Karipbek
Manning, Chelsea
USA (in prison)
Mayors for Peace
international organization
Nazarbayev, Nursultan
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Oberg, Jan
One billion Acts of Peace
global campaign
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)
Second Art. 9, SA9
Klaus Schlichtmann
Germany /Japan,
Snowden, Edward Joseph
USA (in exile)
Suvanjieff, Ivan
Swanson, David
Weiss, Peter

TOTAL:  36 nominations

Nobel Peace Prize Watch, NPPW, sees openness and transparency as essential to protect against corruption and malpractice. The Norwegian Nobel Committee hides behind strict secrecy. An open selection process, with free and open discussion, in line with modern and democratic ideas, is indispensable to keep the awarders to Nobel´s actual intention. This is why NPPW decided to give encouragement and advice to qualified candidates and publish all known nominations, provided they:

1) are sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, <>,
2) in time, i.e. by January 31,
3) by a qualified nominator and
4) comply with the intention (will) of Alfred Nobel.
5 NPPW must have seen the nomination and been permitted to publish. The awarders have claimed that no one may publish information on their nominations, but the secrecy for 50 years applies only to the awarders, not to the public. The NPPW screening is the only screening based on the actual will of Alfred Nobel.

for screening nominations qualified to win the Nobel “prize for the champions of peace”:

While others, the committee, parliamentarians, peace researchers, even peace people base their views on a VERY wide understanding of «peace» (= they use the prize as they like) the NPPW list is based on studies of what counts under the law, what Nobel actually wanted.

The best, most direct, access to Nobel´s own understanding of the “champions of peace” he described in his will lies in his correspondence with Bertha von Suttner, the leading peace protagonist of the period. The letters deal with breaking the arms race-driving logic of the old saying: “If you wish peace, prepare for war” and how to make countries agree on this.

Thus the purpose of Nobel – to liberate all nations from weapons, warriors and wars – has been decisive in our screening. The prize is primarily meant to prevent wars, not resolve old conflicts. It is not a prize for good deeds, but for a basic reform of international relations.

Candidates that work for global co-operation on international law and disarmament directly are the primary winners – but also important work that indirectly serves to illustrate the imperative need for international demilitarization should be considered. But to deserve the Nobel prize activities should point beyond resolution of local situations.

At the time of Nobel many statesmen listened to the voices for peace and disarmament, today very few officials and politicians hold the peace view that Nobel wished to support. In our view the prize must keep up with the times and in today´s world belongs mainly to the grassroots, civil society, that contest the official culture of violence, not to leaders who just respond to political processes as they are supposed to in a democracy.

“I like to believe that people, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.” US President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1959

Alfred Nobel would have liked to see his committee think along the same lines.

Nobel Peace Prize Watch, Feb 2, 2016

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