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All Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Each year, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awards the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of an organization or an individual who has greatly contributed to peace around the world. Since 1901, the committee has awarded 98 Nobel Peace Prizes. These have included recognition of humanitarian work, peace negotiations, and innovation in the peace movement. But also establishment of political dialogue and mediation, and much more. We have put together a list of all Nobel Peace Prize Winners between 1901 and 2017.

List of All Nobel Peace Prize Winners

2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

This organization is the latest among the Nobel Peace Prize winners. 2017 winner, ICAN, is a campaign that advocates the banning of nuclear weapons, particularly focusing on a nuclear weapon ban treaty.

2016: Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia has been fighting a civil war since the 1960s between the government and the FARC guerrillas. Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, led the efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement in 2016 and has since continued the peace process.

2015: National Dialogue Quartet

Following the Arab Spring, protests swept across Tunisia. In the wake of the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, 4 organizations came together as the National Dialogue Quartet to come to a peaceful solution through negotiations.

2014: Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Both laureates were recognized for their work to alleviate the suppression of children and young people as well as their right to education. Kailash Satyarthi founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an organization that freed thousands of children in India from exploitation and provided them with an education. Meanwhile, Malala is the symbol of a strong female voice in the struggle for gender equality. She spoke out over the abuses of the Taliban regime in Pakistan for which she was attacked but survived. She continues to be a strong voice for young people. She is also in our list of most impressive female humanitarians.

2013: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Chemical weapons are banned globally by the Chemical Weapons Convention. However, not all parties adhere at all times. The OPCW works to advocate, promote, and support countries in eliminating chemical weapons.

2012: European Union

The European Union participates in many aspects of economic, social, and democratic development. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize for “the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”

2011: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkol Karman

These 3 women have each contributed a great deal to the advancement of women’s rights around the world and also towards peacebuilding. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first democratically elected female President of Liberia following a prolonged civil struggle. Leymah Gbowee played a decisive role in ending the Liberian War and is today the head of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa. Meanwhile, Tawakkol Karman founded Women Journalists Without Chains to promote freedom of the press in Yemen.

2010: Liu Xiaobo

A Chinese activist, writer, and literary critic, Liu Xiaobo has dedicated most of his life to advancing human rights in China.

2009: Barack H. Obama

This is also a former President of the United States. Barack Obama was recognized for his efforts in international diplomacy and cooperation.

2008: Martti Ahtisaari

Ahtisaari is a former President of Finland. Martti Ahtisaari has an impressive record in peacebuilding around the world over the past three decades. This includes work in the former Yugoslavia, the Horn of Africa, Indonesia, Namibia, and more.

2007: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.

One of the foremost campaigners to disseminate information on the climate change, Al Gore and the International Panel on Climate Change received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to share “An Inconvenient Truth.” At Raptim, we put great value in achieving a climate-neutral world. The world in which people and organizations, especially travel management companies, try to prevent emissions as much as possible.

2006: Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank

In an effort to create economic empowerment for all levels of society, Muhammad Yunus founded the Grameen Bank. Its motto is “the Bank for the Poor.” The bank provides small, long-term loans to people who would normally not be eligible to receive a loan in order to help end the cycle of poverty.

2005: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei

IAEA and Mohamed ElBaradei made significant progress towards preventing the use of nuclear energy in military operations.

2004: Wangari Muta Maathai

As the first woman to pursue a doctorate in East and Central Africa, and the first female professor in Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai played a significant role in Kenya’s democratic development and the advancement of women’s rights.

2003: Shirin Ebadi

As Iran’s first female judge, Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to advance women’s and children’s rights, and human rights in Iran overall.

2002: Jimmy Carter

This 39th President of the United States is also among the presidential Nobel Peace Prize winners. Jimmy Carter dedicated much of his career to advancing peace around the world. He made many foreign policy efforts during his presidential term. A good example is the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel.

2001: United Nations (U.N.) and Kofi Annan

Founded to prevent armed conflict, the United Nations has been consistently working towards peacebuilding for decades. Kofi Annan was the UN secretary-general. He was awarded the prize for his role in revitalizing the UN and his focus on human rights.

2000: Kim Dae-jung

Former President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung implemented the “sunshine policy” to promote a better relationship with North Korea and also worked extensively for human rights promotion in East Asia.

1999: Médecins Sans Frontières

Docters Without Borders

MSF is one of the leading humanitarian organizations in the world to date. They are one of many organizations among the Nobel Peace Prize winners. They received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their humanitarian work globally.

1998: John Hume and David Trimble

After years of violent conflict in Ireland, John Hume of the Social Democratic and Labour Party and David Trimble of the Ulster Unionist Party advanced efforts to find a peaceful solution through nonviolent negotiations.

1997: International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams

Landmines have cost thousands of people their lives even after the conflict has passed. In 1991, ICBL started to work towards a ban on landmines, and in 1997, 120 countries became a party to a convention for the ban. Jody Williams was one of the leading voices of the campaign.

1996: Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta

Both Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta were awarded the prize for their work on advancing peace negotiations in East Timor following years of violent occupation by Indonesia.

1995: Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

This is an organization led by dialogue and scientific opinion, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs works towards a world without nuclear weapons. Joseph Rotblat dedicated most of his life to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

1994: Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin

Following the Oslo Accords involving negotiations between Palestine and Israel, these three men were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their leadership of the process. Yasser Arafat as the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Shimon Peres as the Foreign Minister of Israel, and Yitzhak Rabin as the Prime Minister of Israel.

1993: Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk

Seen today as the symbol of peaceful conflict resolution, Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the apartheid regime in South Africa. His foundation in mentioned is several of our lists such as Faith-Based Organizations and NGOs fighting poverty. He worked together with South Africa’s former president, Frederik Willem de Klerk.

1992: Rigoberta Menchú Tum

The “discovery” of America meant much suffering for the indigenous peoples of the content. Rigoberta Menchú Tum was part of the peaceful negotiations as a representative of the indigenous people between the government of Guatemala and opposing parties.

1991: Aung San Suu Kyi

As the daughter of Aung San, the liberation movement leader in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi led the opposition of military government in Myanmar with the hope to achieve democracy. She has lived most of her life under house arrest but has continued peaceful negotiations.

1990: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

The former leader of the USSR, Gorbachev was also the last one. He introduced several important reforms to open Russia’s Iron Curtain. Gorbachev was one of the key figures in the fall of communism in most of Europe.

1989: The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is the Tibetian Buddhist spiritual leader who has spent most of his life in exile in India. Since 1959, the Dalai Lama has been leading nonviolent opposition of the Chinese occupation in Tibet.

1988: United Nations Peacekeeping Forces

At the time of receiving the award, the UN Peacekeeping Forces had sent missions to the Middle East, Kashmir, Cyprus, Congo, and West New Guinea. The deployments involved over half a million men and women from 53 states. Here is a list of NGOs keeping peace.

1987: Oscar Arias Sánchez

The former President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sánchez worked extensively to promote peace negotiations in Central America. His efforts led to signing an accord in Guatemala in August of 1987.

1986: Elie Wiesel

Chairman of “The President’s Commission on the Holocaust,” Elie Wiesel was a Jewish author and the spokesperson whose purpose was to tell the world about the atrocities of the Holocaust.

1985: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Founded in 1980, this organization works to inform the world on the potential consequence of the use of nuclear weapons in order to prevent nuclear war.

1984: Desmond Mpilo Tutu

He was the former Secretary-General of the South African Council of Churches (S.A.C.C.). Desmond Mpilo Tutu was recognized for his strong yet peaceful stance against the apartheid regime in South Africa.

1983: Lech Walesa

A trade union leader, Lech Walesa lead some of the negotiations with Poland’s government to create a union and fair rights for workers.

1982: Alva Myrdal and Alfonso García Robles

First a writer, second a diplomat, and third a former Swedish cabinet minister. Alva Myrdal took a strong role in persuading nuclear disarmament. Similarly, Alfonso García Robles, a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly on disarmament, led the agreement on nuclear disarmament around the world, but particularly in Latin America.

1981: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The UNHCR has a long history of supporting refugees, their relocation, and their rights. In 1981, the Nobel Peace Prize particularly recognized their efforts in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

1980: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Argentina faced a violent military dictatorship for 5 years. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel was one of the leaders in promoting human rights during this time. He founded SERPAJ.

1979: Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

As legendary religious leader, Mother Theresa is of course among the Nobel Peace Prize winners. She was recognized by the Peace Prize for her humanitarian work around the world. On 4 September 2016, she was recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint.

1978: Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin

Former President of Egypt, Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and former Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin led the treaty negotiations to advance peace between the two countries.

1977: Amnesty International

Amnesty International

The Nobel Peace Prize recognized the organization for its work on uncovering violations of human rights around the world. Amnesty International continues this work today.

1976: Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan

These two women founded the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later called Peace People) , in order to promote negotiations and peace among the two factions fighting in Northern Ireland and stop the senseless violence.

1975: Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov

Although the creator of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, he was also a strong opponent of the abuses of power in the Soviet Union. Sakharov was not permitted to travel to receive his Nobel Prize.

1974: Seán MacBride and Eisaku Sato

Both men were recognized for their advancement of human rights and fight for nuclear disarmament. Seán MacBride was one of the founders of Amnesty International, while Eisaku Sato was the former Prime Minister of Japan.

1973: Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho

These two men who were on opposite sides of the violent conflict in Vietnam were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their negotiations. Henry Kissinger was the US Secretary of State, and Le Duc Tho represented the Vietnamese government.

1971: Willy Brandt

Former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Willy Brandt played an important role in restructuring Germany after the World War as well as conducting negotiations with the Soviet Union and Poland.

1970: Norman E. Borlaug

A specialist in food production, Norman E. Borlaug was the leader of “green revolutions” around the world. He contributed to Mexico’s ability to produce a self-sustaining amount of wheat for its growing population.

1969: International Labour Organization

As a commemorative award, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded the ILO the prize in recognition of Léon Jouhaux, who received the prize 50 years earlier. The ILO works with governments, the civil society and the private sector to set out policies, guidelines and standards for decent work around the world. This includes their active work on promoting the rights of migrant workers through research, implementing partners, political reform and the implementation of the Fair Migration Agenda.

1968: René Cassin

Former President of the European Court for Human Rights, René Cassin, was one of the leading voices in developing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1965: United Nations Children’s Fund

Unicef

A global promoter of children’s rights, UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their particular contribution to solidarity between nations.

1964: Martin Luther King Jr.

An iconic figure in history, Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of civil rights movements for African Americans in the United States.

1963: International Committee of the Red Cross and League of Red Cross Societies

ICRC

In recognition of 100 years since Henri Dunant founded the Red Cross, both the International Committee of Red Cross and what is today known as the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Both organizations provide humanitarian aid around the world.

1962: Linus Carl Pauling

One of the leading scientific voices in nuclear disarmament, Linus Carl Pauling worked with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and drafted the Hiroshima Appeal.

1961: Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld

The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Hammarskjöld was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously. He was recognized for his dedicated work to strengthen the United Nations and its influence in peacebuilding

1960: Albert John Lutuli

Former President of the African National Congress, Albert John Lutuli was recognized for his peaceful leadership against the racial segregation regime in South Africa.

1959: Philip J. Noel-Baker

Mr. Noel-Baker was a member of the UK Parliament. He dedicated much of his career to promoting peace around the world and the struggle towards disarmament.

1958: Georges Pire

A Belgian Dominican priest, Georges Pire lead efforts to help European refugees after World War II.

1957: Lester Bowles Pearson

Former Secretary of State for External Affairs of Canada, Lester Bowles Pearson led a number of peace negotiations and talks around the world during a lifelong dedicated career to global peace.

1954: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The UNHCR has a long history of supporting refugees, their relocation, and their rights. In 1954, the Nobel Peace Prize particularly focused on highlighting the need for funding for refugee support.

1953: George Catlett Marshall

Originator of the “Marshall Plan,” George Catlett Marshall played a key role in designing an economic plan for Europe after WWII.

1952: Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer was recognized for his humanitarian work in Gabon. He founded a medical center and helped the local population.

1951: Léon Jouhaux

During his extensive political career, Léon Jouhaux was particularly recognized for his work on social equality around the world.

1950: Ralph Bunche

The first African American to be awarded the Peace Prize, Ralph Bunche was recognized for his contribution in mediation and negotiation for peaceful solutions in the Middle East.

1949: Lord (John) Boyd Orr of Brechin

The first Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Lord Boyd was awarded the prize for his commitment to world peace and his participation in the formation of FAO.

1947: Friends Service Council (The Quakers) and American Friends Service Committee (The Quakers)

These two sister organizations, one from the UK and the other from the United States, were awarded a joint Nobel Peace Prize for their humanitarian work and peaceful opposition to armed conflict.

1946: Emily Greene Balch and John Raleigh Mott

Both Emily Greene Balch and John Raleigh Mott dedicated most of their lives to the pursuit of peace and reconciliation. Emily Greene Balch was the leader of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, while John Raleigh Mott was General Secretary of the YMCA World Committee.

1945: Cordell Hull

Former US Secretary of State, Cordell Hull played an important role in forming the United Nations.

1944: International Committee of the Red Cross

icrc

The second Nobel Peace Prize received by the ICRC was an acknowledgment of their word during WWII, particularly to protect the rights of prisoners of war.

1938: Nansen International Office for Refugees

The Nansen International Office for Refugees helped Armenian refugees fleeing Turkey in the 1930s and later provided support to refugees from Central and Southeastern Europe, France, Syria, and China.

1937: Cecil of Chelwood, Viscount (Lord Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne Cecil)

Founder and President of the International Peace Campaign, Cecil of Chelwood was one of the prominent figures in creating the League of Nations as well as strong efforts towards peace and disarmament.

1936: Carlos Saavedra Lamas

Former Foreign Minister of Argentina, Carlos Saavedra Lamas played an important role as a mediator in the conflict between Paraguay and Bolivia, as well as leading Argentina’s participation in the League of Nations.

1935: Carl von Ossietzky

A strong voice opposing the Nazi regime in Germany, Carl von Ossietzky was one of the first to warn the world of the potential threat that the German government presented to the world at the time.

1934: Arthur Henderson

With a lifelong political career in support of democracy, Arthur Henderson was one of the leaders in organizing the League of Nations disarmament conference.

1933: Sir Norman Angell (Ralph Lane)

Sir Norman Angell received the Nobel Peace Prize for his book. The book called “The Great Illusion” , which analyzes war and promotes peaceful coexistence.

1931: Jane Addams and Nicholas Murray Butler

Jane Addams founded the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom in 1919 and was a strong activist against war. Former President of Columbia University, Nicholas Murray Butler is credited with his strong support for strengthening international law.

1930: Lars Olof Jonathan (Nathan) Söderblom

A Swedish bishop, Nathan Soderblom promoted peace around the world. He did this from the perspective of the Christian Church and advocated for an international Christian platform for peace.

1929: Frank Billings Kellogg

Frank Billings Kellogg was one of the creators of the Briand-Kellogg Pact. Most countries signed the pact in 1928 which prohibited wars.

1927: Ferdinand Buisson and Ludwig Quidde

Both Ferdinand Buisson of France and Ludwig Quidde of Germany were strong activists against the atrocities of WWI. They also participated in a number of peace conferences and promoted peace through their political work.

1926: Aristide Briand and Gustav Stresemann

Aristide Briand of France and Gustav Stresemann of Germany signed the Locarno Pact in 1925, signaling reconciliation between France and Germany after WWI.

1925: Sir Austen Chamberlain and Charles Gates Dawes

Similar to the 1926 winners, Sir Austen Chamberlain of the UK and Charles Gates Dawes of the USA received the prize for their work on reconciling the relationship between Germany and France after WWI.

1922: Fridtjof Nansen

Nansen was the first High Commissioner for Refugees of the League of Nations. Fridtjof Nansen supported refugees around the world and saved many lives. He originated the “Nansen Passports,” which allowed stateless men and women to cross borders.

1921: Karl Hjalmar Branting and Christian Lous Lange

Former Swedish Prime Minister Karl Hjalmar Branting and Norway’s Christian Lous Lange shared the 1921 Nobel Peace Prize which recognized their important contribution in creating the League of Nations.

1920: Léon Victor Auguste Bourgeois

The League of Nations was modeled on the ideas originally proposed by Bourgeois during WWI. He had an extensive political career with the French Government and later the League of Nations itself.

1919: Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Also a former President of the United States. Woodrow Wilson was the founder of the League of Nations.

1917: International Committee of the Red Cross

The first Nobel Peace Prize won by the ICRC was for their humanitarian work during WWI.

1913: Henri La Fontaine

Henri La Fontaine also dedicated much of his career to promoting world peace. He held the presidential post at the International Peace Bureau and organized a number of peace conferences.

1912: Elihu Root

Former US Secretary of State, Elihu Root originated a number of arbitration treaties and was the first president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

1911: Tobias Michael Carel Asser and Alfred Hermann Fried

Both Tobias Michael Carel Asser and Alfred Hermann Fried were awarded the Peace Prize for their work on advancing peace around the world. Mr. Asser was the co-founder of the Institute of International Law. Mr. Fried founded a peace publication Die Friedenswarte.

1910: Permanent International Peace Bureau

One of the oldest peace organizations in the world, the International Peace Bureau was founded in 1891 and today has more than 170 member organizations.

1909: Auguste Marie François Beernaert and Paul Henri Benjamin Balluet d’Estournelles de Constant, Baron de Constant de Rebecque

Both Beernaert and d’Esturnelles are also among the Nobel Peace Prize winners. They worked tirelessly to advance peace and reach agreements between nations to maintain it.

1908: Klas Pontus Arnoldson and Fredrik Bajer

Klas Pontus Arnoldson was recognized for his important contribution in mediation between Norway and Sweden, and also his strong support for international cooperation. Fredrik Bajer dedicated his life to peace promotion and to ensure gender equality.

1907: Ernesto Teodoro Moneta and Louis Renault

Ernesto Teodoro Moneta stood out as the leader of the Italian peace movement. Meanwhile, Louis Renault was recognized for his participation in the 1899 and 1907 peace conferences.

1906: Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was also a President of the United States. Roosevelt received the Peace Prize for having negotiated peace in the Russo-Japanese war in 1904-5.

1905: Baroness Bertha Sophie Felicita von Suttner, née Countess Kinsky von Chinic und Tettau

Not only was she the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize but Bertha von Suttner was also one of the most influential peace advocates of her time. She wrote the book Lay Down Your Arms in 1889.

1904: Institute of International Law

Founded in 1873, the Institute of International Law was the first organization to have authority over international law by which states had to abide.

1903: William Randal Cremer

William Randal Cremer dedicated his life to mediating negotiations during conflict times. Cremer is particularly recognized for his work in organizing the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 1889.

1902: Élie Ducommun and Charles Albert Gobat

Élie Ducommun was recognized for his work as the Honorary Secretary of the International Peace Bureau.  This was a role he held from the organizations founding until he passed. Similarly, Charles Albert Gobat worked extensively in the peace movement and was a secretary general of the IPB.

1901: Jean Henry Dunant and Frédéric Passy

Jean Henry Dunant founded the International Committee of Red Cross in 1863 and originated the Geneva Convention a year later. Meanwhile, Frédéric Passy founded the first French Peace Society. The two men were the first Nobel Peace Prize winners.

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