Sunday, October 11, 2009


US President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts in strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation among people. “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the Norwegian Nobel committee said. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.” Obama's name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the President. The committee said it attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
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“Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.”Obama would formally receive the award on him on December 10. There were a record 205 nominations for this year's prize. The laureate wins a gold medal, a diploma and 10m Swedish kronor ($1.4m). It is for the third time that s sitting US President has peace prize. Apart from Obama the others are Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Former president Jimmy Carter has won the award in 2002, while former vice president Al Gore shared the 2007 prize with the UN panel on climate change.

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