The Nobel Prize describes a set international awards (annual)bestowed in various categories by Norwegian and Swedish committees incredit of scientific or cultural advances. The prize is given to mostexceptional and outstanding individuals or organizations who portrayabsolute service to mankind in resolving life issues. The brief writeup will examine European Union as one of the organizations that haveever received the Nobel Peace Prize. The organization received theaward last year after satisfying the committee that it has done greatthings to mankind (Thee118). For over six decades, European Union havecontributed and facilitated the advancement reconciliation and peace,human rights and democracy of the people living in Europe. Thecommittee explained that the EU embodies a fraternity among nations,and the organization amounts to peace congresses, which weredescribed in the will of Alfred Noble. The focus of the NorwegianNobel Committee has been recognizing organizations and individualswho contributed to bringing peace between France and Germany (Thee124). The reconciliation between the two nations havebeen of great significance to the people of Europe and the people ofthe world, by extension. The two named nations had fought three warswithin a period of seven decades and through the effort of the EU,such wars can only be imagined between Germany and France (Heffermehl67).
The will of Nobel states the peace prize should be bestowed to theindividual who in the previous years had done the best work in theworld of between countries. The work concern the reduction orelimination of standing armies, as well as for the promotion andholding of peace. Accordingly, the will clarified that the Nobleprize should be given by a five people committee who have beenselected by the Norwegian parliament (Abrams 87). Noble passed awayin 1896 without leaving an explanation for why he chose peace as acategory for prize. However, considering that Nobel was trained inphysics and chemistry, the two disciplines were preferred with regardto Nobel awards. Similarly, the reasoning and rationale behind NobelPrize is somehow ambiguous, although people who are involved inselecting organizations the individuals eligible for the prize makeattempts to provide an explanation (Heffermehl 69). The Norwegiancommittee state that Nobel’s association with Bertha Von Suttner, aNobel Prize laureate, who was also a peace activist influenced thedecision for the inclusion of peace as a category for the award.There are also suggestions that Nobel was seeking for a way tocompensate for the destructive forces, Dynamite and Ballistite, whichwere capable of destroying mankind. The Nobel Prize was founded, byNobel in Norway and Sweden when the two nations were being jointlyruled in 1896 (Abrams 97). The mission of the Nobel Peace Prize liesin the recognition of individuals and organizations that have had thegreatest impact on mankind, especially in the promotion of peace andend of international conflicts.
As earlier stated, the Nobel Prize recognizes and awards exceptionalindividuals and organizations, which are identified to have done thebest in ensuring that human beings lived in a better world throughpromotion of peace and economic prosperity among others (Falnes 234).For instance, the Nobel involves and includes given individuals andorganization monetary benefits for a couple years following the awardof the prize. Though based in Norway, the effects of the Noble Prizeare felt in the entire planet, especially considering that any personor organization in in the world are eligible for the prize(Heffermehl 67). The Nobel Prize source of money is the conversion ofAlfred Nobel’s estates to money, which was invested in safesecurities, and the proceeds are awarded annually to exceptionalpeople. Nobel laureates receive ten million Swedish crowns(Nordlinger 128). One of the most interesting facts about Nobel Prizeis that a person cannot nominate himself for the prize, but has to beendorsed by another person who should also provide their entirecredentials in the nomination form. Another fact is that the NobelPeace Prize is awarded in Oslo, not Stockholm as many people wouldexpect.
In conclusion, the EU organization is still vibrant and continue tothrive in different places as its effects are felt in the entireglobe. Currently, the quest for democracy, diversity and toleranceare at the height of the ambitions of all nations. Immigration hasseen people move to different parts of the world, and they call fordemocracy and tolerance. Further, the elimination of trade barriershas facilitated commerce and trade contributing remarkableadvancements in economic growth of many nations. In most cases, richnations whose citizens manage decent lives have least things to worryabout as they enjoy peace, liberty and significant democracy. Humanrights dialogues remain to be the center of interest for EU.
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