Former President of Finland to Win Nobel Peace Prize
Martti Ahtisaari (b. 1937) , the former President of Finland, has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. In their announcement, the Nobel Committee said that it was awarding Ahtisaari the Peace Prize “for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.” Ahtisaari has been involved in conflict resolution in Namibia, Aceh, Indonesia, Kosovo, and Iraq, among other places. As every year, the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded in Oslo, Norway on 10 December (International Human Rights Day) by the chair of the Nobel Committee in the presence of King Harald V of Norway. After a speech by the Nobel Committee Chair citing the Laureate’s accomplishments and the reasoning of the Committee in his selection, the new Laureate will give the traditional Nobel lecture. You can read past lectures (many of which, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s, Jimmy Carter’s, Muhammad Yunu’s, etc. are really moving) here.
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