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Odds favour Greta Thunberg for Peace Prize, However, Specialists sceptical

Last updated on October 9, 2019

The 16-year-old has received Amnesty International’s top honor and the ideal Livelihood Award, sometimes dubbed the”alternative Nobel”, and online gaming sites such as Ladbrokes now place her as favorite to acquire what’s possibly the world’s most prestigious trophy.

In a meeting with Korean broadcaster RTS in August, Thunberg emphasized that although the award could be”a recognition with this motion,” she and her assistants were not”doing so to get prizes and awards.”

In August this past year, she started sitting in front of Sweden’s parliament on Fridays using a sign reading”School Attack to the Climate”.

At a bit more than a year, she’s galvanized countless young people across the globe to share in presentations to increase consciousness for actions on climate change.

You’ve stolen my fantasies and my youth with your empty phrases,” she informed them, holding back tears.

However, is her impassioned wake-up telephone enough to make her the Nobel Peace Prize?

He contended that although others state climate change could aggravate conflicts within his perspective there’s still no consensus on whether it’s truly the reason for armed conflict. Also, he explained her tender age can make the trophy more of a burden in a reward.

“The only real way I could see that happen is that she’d be a part of a shared trophy like Malala,” Urdal stated, referring to Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, that shared with the 2014 trophy — at age 17 — together with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Norwegian historian Asle Sveen echoed this opinion.

“She’s currently a global celebrity, in battle with Donald Trump, and she put the searchlight on climate change better than anybody else,” he explained.

“What is contrary to her is that she’s just 16 years old,” he continued, adding that he’d be”very surprised” when she obtained the award.

However, Dan Smith, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), considers Thunberg ought to be regarded as a”serious offender” and climate change is associated with battle.

“First of all, I believe what she’s done over the last year is extraordinary,” Smith told AFP.

“I believe climate change is a problem that’s closely associated with safety and reassurance.”

Age of bogus news

Pros believe a more likely candidate could be Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who made peace with sour foe Eritrea.

“Abiy Ahmed is a fantastic candidate since his tenure has experienced peace-inducing consequences in the nation and on the area,” explained Peter Wallensteen, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research in Sweden’s Uppsala University.

Predicting the winner is a challenge because the Norwegian Nobel Committee never shows the names of their nominees. All that’s known is that a total of 301 people and organizations are nominated this season.

Experts also suggest that the five-person committee may this season opt to concentrate on freedom of expression and information, in a period when such freedoms are under strain in both democracies and authoritarian regimes.

“At the time of bogus news and information overload… and also the absence of transparency, the absence of responsibility in several political procedures, this can be something which I’d hope the committee could take quite seriously and think about,” Urdal explained.

Since the migration catastrophe continues to dominate the political agenda, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and its mind Filippo Grandi, in addition to the organization SOS Mediterranee, will also be regarded as potential winners.

Broadly considered a contentious long haul, US President Donald Trump has yet been cited because of his attempts to mend old wounds with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The 2019 laureate is going to be shown on Friday at 11:00 am (0900 GMT) at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.