We’ve all been patiently waiting to find out who the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner is. Many people were hoping it’d be awarded to Greta Thunberg. Turns out, someone else was awarded the honor… 43-year-old Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
He was given the honor because of his peacemaking deal with longtime enemy Eritrea. In addition, he recently helped create a powersharing deal in Sudan following a political crisis that led to the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled the country for almost thirty years.
Many people thought the award would go to 16-year-old Thunberg for her very publicized climate justice activism, but the Nobel committee refused to comment about their decision to not choose Thunberg as this year’s winner.
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia
In an interview with Bored Panda, Jakub Janda, the Director of the European Values Center for Security Policy, said this year’s nomination was an excellent choice.
“It is a choice that clearly highlights what the Nobel Peace Prize is all about — bringing a political solution to intense conflict and ultimately creating peace. So that is why it is such a good choice,” Janda said.
Janda spoke of another worthy contender for the award saying, “I believe pro-democracy citizens in Hong Kong would deserve the [Nobel Peace] Prize as well.”
The decision was announced at 11 AM CEST (5 AM Eastern Time), marking the 100th annual Nobel Peace Prize. It took a lot of careful consideration to reach a final decision. After all, there were 301 candidates in the running, including 223 individuals and 78 organizations.
Greta Thunberg was a favorite contender in the running for this year’s award
Since the names of nominators and nominees are left unveiled for 50 years, we won’t know this year’s full list for at least half a century.
We do know that Thunberg was one of the top favorites in line to score the nomination. You can read more about Greta Thunberg here.
Even if you’re Team Greta, you cannot overlook the impressive nature of Ahmed’s work.
“I think what Abiy did with the Eritrea issue was very courageous and remarkable. I think a lot of people have considered that what he has done is worthy of such a recognition. The two countries are no longer in the state of war,” Awol Allo, an associate professor of law at Keele University in the United Kingdom, explained to media reporters.
“Families have been reunited because flights are now running between the two countries. Relations that have been severed for 20 years have been rekindled.”
Ahmed was a former army intelligence officer. Since he became the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, he has put widespread reforms into place.
He made a commitment to review the divisive system of ethnic federalism in the country, as well as liberalize a few key economic sectors.
Greta Thunberg has plenty of supporters, but she’s also got some haters – including Donald Trump.
Thunberg doesn’t care what anyone thinks, she’s on a mission to save this planet.
She doesn’t just talk the talk, she truly walks the walk. The young lady recently took a trip across the Atlantic Ocean using a zero-emission yacht because she refuses to travel by airplane due to the negative consequences on the environment.
Her speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit was fierce and controversial, as well as brave and filled with truths we all need to face in order to save our planet from destruction.
Despite the popularity surrounding her name, the Nobel Committee refused to comment about not awarding her with this year’s prize.
Many people feel that Thunberg’s message is incredibly important and world leaders need to do more to fight climate change.
On the other hand, some people think that the importance of her message gets lost in her overly-aggressive tone.
Then there are people who think Greta needs to talk less and do more to fight global warming.
In addition, some people don’t believe climate change is happening at all, and therefore are not supportive of the teenager’s stance on the matter.
In 2018, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to former ISIS slave Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo.
Former US President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
If you could pick one winner for the Nobel Peace Prize, who would it be and why?