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And the Nobel Peace prize goes to The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Friday, 11 October 2013
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wins 2013 Nobel peace prize, the Nobel committee announced a few hours ago.

The OPCW, the organization working for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the prize which was highly thought to go the Pakistani girl,  Malala Yousafzai who was shot by religious hard liners in her country as she campaigned to promote education for girls.

But with the world coming so close to a third world war recently when the USA threatened to bomb Syria after it emerged that biological and chemical weapons where used by the regime there on its people, the UN mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of 2014 emerged and the above mentioned organisation which has been fighting to eliminate the world stock pile of chemical weapons is now being recognised.

Therefore, the OPCW receives the prize for its "extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons," said Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland.

“Some states are still not members. Some countries have not observed the deadline to destroy their weapons. This is particularly true with countries such as United States and Russia,” said Jagland.

The choice of the laureates has been criticized directly on social media, where many have expressed interest in seeing Malala Yousafzai winning. Unfortunately, the Nobel committee is not a democratic institution and the views of social media enthusiasts and the people in general has nothing to do with their decision.

“Only one can win the prize,” Jagland said, to a question about other possible candidates, such as Malala Yousafzai.

He pointed out that despite the ban on chemical weapons, it has been used several times by the states and terrorists organisation.

The organisation which is headquartered in The Hague, Netherland, is not a UN body but an international organization of governments to ensure that the UN Chemical Weapons Convention compliance is reached.

The OPCW has 189 member countries. Angola, Egypt, North Korea, South Sudan, and Syria are not members. Israel and Myanmar have signed it but not ratified.

“This is a well-deserved price that can be directly related to peace-making. The timing is amazing,” says Norwegian risk analyst, Jorn Siljeholm who previously worked as a UN weapons inspector. “It's an award entirely in Alfred Nobel's spirit,” he says to the Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK.

The Norwegian media network, NRK reveal the winner an hour in advance.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the Norwegian television succeed to expose the right winners in advance. Last year, NRK surprised all by disclosing that EU - which had hitherto not been in speculation - would win the prize, about an hour before the official announcement.
By Team
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