Report by Syed Sibtain Shah
The characters behind the Iran’s nuclear agreement are at the top of the list of the candidates who are being considered to get this year’s peace prize.
Quoting Asle Sveen, a historian of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian News Agency NTB reported that “The Iran Agreement covers everything contained in Alfred Nobel’s will, such as peace, disarmament and association among the people.
This year, a total of 318 people and organizations have been proposed as candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. The speculation about which name is announced Friday is in full swing.
“There are two major threats in the world right now, nuclear weaponry and refugee crisis,” Sveen told NBT as saying, highlighting the ongoing battle between the United States and North Korea.
If actors behind Iran’s nuclear pact win the prize, then this award will go to US’s Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Spokeswoman Federica Mogherini.
The nuclear agreement entered into force in January last year after ten years of negotiations.
“The Iran Agreement can serve as a pattern and inspiration for an agreement with North Korea,” says Sveen.
Norwedigan media reported that Henrik Urdal, Director of the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO), has also indicated that the Iran Agreement is on top of proposals.
“At a time when the threat of nuclear weapons has become more real, it is important to call for initiatives that help to restrict the growth and proliferation of nuclear weapons,” he said.
According to the Norwegian media sources, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is as number two on the list.
“The serious situation for the world’s refugees makes the UNHCR a very topical candidate,” the historian says, pointing out that over 65 million people are now on their way, the highest number ever.
UNHCR has already received the peace prize twice earlier, 1954 and 1981.
The nobel peace prize will be announced on Friday, 6th October 2017.