The Nobel Peace Prize may offer some hope in the crisis era.
Experts have identified potential frontrunners for this year’s prize.
Climate change is also a significant concern for the Nobel Committee.
The Nobel Peace Prize is set to be awarded in Norway amid ongoing conflicts worldwide, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Many believe it can serve as a symbol of hope during turbulent times while some view this as an inopportune time to award the prize.
Experts acknowledge the difficulty of predicting Nobel laureates, as the process is shrouded in secrecy. However, they have identified potential frontrunners for this year’s prize.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been mentioned as a possible recipient. However, experts caution against this due to the rarity of the peace award going to a wartime leader.
The conflict in Ukraine has also prompted peacemaking efforts from international organizations. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a candidate for its role in promoting peace through international law, similar to Nobel’s vision.
The ICJ ordered Russia to suspend military operations after the invasion of Ukraine. Another contentious choice could be the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Signatories to the ICC’s Rome Statute are obligated to arrest Putin if he enters their countries.
However, recent peace prizes have focused on advocates and organizations from specific regions, such as Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. The Nobel Committee may seek to highlight other geographic areas.
Climate change is also a significant concern for the Nobel Committee, given the increasing climate-related disasters worldwide.
Indigenous peoples’ rights could be connected to climate change, as their ways of life are threatened by environmental issues.
Potential Nobel laureates in this context include Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Filipino activist, and Juan Carlos Jintiach, an Ecuadorian indigenous leader.
Chief Raoni Metuktire, leader of the Kayapo People in the Brazilian Amazon, has also been mentioned for his advocacy of indigenous rights.
The Nobel Peace Prize recipient will be announced on Friday, with the official ceremony taking place in December. Climate change and indigenous rights are expected to be prominent considerations for the committee this year.