Nobel Lecture: Forging a durable peace in the Horn of Africa


We have an old saying: “yoo ollaan nagayaan bule, nagaan bulanni.” It is a saying shared in many African languages, which means, “For you to have a peaceful night, your neighbor shall have a peaceful night as well.” The essence of this proverb guides the strengthening of relations in the region. We now strive to live with our neighbors in peace and harmony.

Nobel Peace Lectures 2018

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Combating War Crimes Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 40 Issue 1 Spring 2019 “Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, war crimes. Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in …

Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 2017

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The drive to ban nuclear weapons On December 10, 2017, Beatrice Fihn and Canadian Setsuko Thurlow accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). What follows is an edited version of their remarks when they accepted the award. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 1 Spring 2018 Beatrice Fihn Today, it is …

Nobel Peace lecture: From the impossible to the possible

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Six years ago, it was hard for Colombians to imagine an end to a war that had lasted half a century. Today, after six years of serious and often intense, difficult negotiations, I stand before you and the world and announce with deep humility and gratitude that the Colombian people, with assistance from our friends around the world, are turning …

Nobel Peace Prize lecture 2015

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Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for 2015 was the National Dialogue Quartet of Tunisia, consisting of the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Union of Industry Commerce and Handicrafts, the Tunisian National Bar Association, and the Tunisian League for the Defence of Human Rights. The lecture, abridged for publication here, was delivered …

Nobel Peace Lecture for 2008

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Author Martti Ahtisaari The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2009 Volume 30 Issue 1 This article is taken from the acceptance speech given in Oslo on December 10, 2008. Martti Ahtisaari is an international mediator, a former president of the Republic of Finland, and founder of Crisis Management Initiatives, a non-profit organization that promotes and works for sustainable security. Permission to reprint this …

The Nobel Peace Lecture for 2006

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Author Muhammad Yunus The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2007 Volume 28 Issue 2 Following is an excerpt of the Nobel Lecture that was presented in Oslo, Norway on 10 December 2006. Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Honorable Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Grameen Bank and I are deeply honoured to receive this most prestigious of awards. We …

The Nobel Peace Lecture for 2005

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Author Mohamed ElBaradei The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2006 Volume 27 Issuse 2 The Nobel Lecture was presented in Oslo on December 10, 2005. Your Majesties, Your Royal Highness, Honourable Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the International Atomic Energy Agency and I are humbled, proud, delighted and above all strengthened in our resolve by this most worthy …

The Nobel Peace Lecture for 2004

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Author Wangari Maathai The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2005 Volume 26 Issue 1 Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement. Your Majesties Your Royal Highnesses Honourable Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen I stand before you and the world humbled by this recognition and uplifted by the honour of being the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. …

The Nobel Peace Lecture for 2003

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Author Shirin Ebadi The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2004 Volume 25 Issue 1 Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist and also teaches at the University of Tehran. This lecture was given in Oslo, Sweden on December 10, 2003. In the name of the God of Creation and Wisdom Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Honourable Members of the Norwegian …