2016 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos "for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people."[1] The conflict is the longest running war, and last remaining guerrilla struggle, in the Americas.[2] The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".[3] The announcement was made on 7 October at a press conference at the Nobel Peace Center, and the formal award ceremony took place on 10 December at the Oslo City Hall.[4]

The award was conferred only five days after the government's narrow defeat in the Colombian peace agreement referendum to ratify the final agreement on the peace process. The committee Chair Kaci Kullmann Five emphasized the effort and good intentions of Santos at the announcement press conference[2] and also in the award citation:[1]

The Norwegian Nobel Committee emphasizes the importance of the fact that President Santos is now inviting all parties to participate in a broad-based national dialogue aimed at advancing the peace process. Even those who opposed the peace accord have welcomed such a dialogue. The Nobel Committee hopes that all parties will take their share of responsibility and participate constructively in the upcoming peace talks.

Santos was first informed of the prize by his son in the pre-dawn of the day of the announcement.[2] In his first public statement he declared, This honourable distinction is not for me, it is for all the victims of the conflict. Together we will win the most important prize of all: PEACE.[5] In the days following he also announced that the 8 million SEK prize (approximately 2.7 billion Colombian pesos) would be donated to support victims of the conflict.[6]

The Nobel Peace Prize
Santos Calderon Juam M
Juan Manuel Santos
Awarded forOutstanding contributions to peace
Date7 October 2016
Presented byNorwegian Nobel Committee
Reward(s)8 million SEK ($1M, 0.9M)
First awarded1901
2016 laureateJuan Manuel Santos


376 candidates received nominations for this year's prize included 228 individuals and 148 organizations - the largest ever number of nominees, the previous record being 278 in 2014.[7]

Notable other nominees included the "White Helmets" of the Syrian Conflict[8] (who received several editorial endorsements from western newspapers[9][10][11]); representative "Greek islanders", particularly those from Lesbos, for their response to the related refugee crisis;[12] Nadia Murad for her work in refugee advocacy; and Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege for work with victims of rape.[13][14]

Still further nominations included Svetlana Gannushkina, Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi, and Edward Snowden.[15] Gannushkina and Syrian Civil Defense had been jointly awarded the 2016 Right Livelihood Award in the weeks prior.[16][17]

Six other Colombians, five of them victims of the Colombian armed conflict, had also been nominated.[18][19]


In a press release statement, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said that this year's prize "pays tribute to the audacity and perseverance of President Santos and all those who seek to build peace every day, step by step to heal the wounds of the country, in their families and communities."[20]

Media coverage characterised the announcement as a surprise since the national referendum on October 2 was narrowly defeated.[21][22] Initial reports also expressed surprise that the prize was not awarded jointly with FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño, Santos' main negotiating partner.[23] Londoño, under the name Timoleon Jimenez, tweeted his reaction to the announcement: "The only award we want is peace with social justice for Colombia without paramilitarism, without retaliation or lies."[24]

Syria Civil Defence, tweeting as "The White Helmets", congratulated Santos and wished for peace for the people of Colombia,[25] An hour later the Twitter account shared an image of a destroyed building with the text "At the time of the @NobelPrize announcement, @SyriaCivilDef center targeted in Hama. Back to work."[26]

Álvaro Uribe, The leader of the movement to oppose the referendum and Santos' predecessor as Colombian president, congratulated him but also stated “I want him to lead to change these democracy-damaging peace accords.”[27][2]

Ciarán Norris, writing in The Guardian, argued that awarding the prize solely to Santos, not to the White Helmets nor shared with a FARC leader, was a deliberate choice to lend its power in a way that might have the greatest direct impact in achieving peace. "The Nobel prize committee had an opportunity today, just days after a hard-fought peace risked being lost in the Colombian jungle, to provoke peace and kickstart that process. In so doing, they have demonstrated that where the international community may not always lend its support to securing peace in every conflict – Syria chief amongst them – they can sometimes provide the necessary momentum to see it through."[28]


Press conference Nobel Peace Prize 2016 (1)
Five and Njølstad announcing the winner at the 7 October press conference

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee:[29]


  1. ^ a b "The Nobel Peace Prize 2016 - Press Release". Nobel Media AB. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Casey, Nicholas (2016-10-07). "Colombia's President, Juan Manuel Santos, Is Awarded Nobel Peace Prize". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  3. ^ "Nobel Peace Prize", The Oxford Dictionary of Twentieth Century World History
  4. ^ "The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies and Banquets". www.nobelprize.org. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  5. ^ Santos, Juan Manuel (7 Oct 2016). "Esta honrosa distinción no es para mí, es para todas las víctimas del conflicto. Juntos ganaremos el premio más importante de todos: LA PAZ" (in Spanish). Twitter. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Colombia's President Santos donates Nobel money to conflict victims". BBC News. 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  7. ^ "Nominations for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize". Nobelprize.org. The Norwegian Nobel Institute. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Syria's White Helmets nominated for Nobel Peace Prize". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  9. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize must go to the White Helmets – or else endorse the murderous 'peace' of Putin". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  10. ^ "The Guardian view on the Nobel peace prize: give it to Syria's White Helmets". The Guardian. 2016-10-05. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  11. ^ "Dear Nobel Committee: The White Helmets are Syria's heroes - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  12. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize: Who will win this year?". British Broadcasting Corporation, UK. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  13. ^ "Who might win the Nobel Peace Prize? A look at the early favourites". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  14. ^ "Nobel Peace Prize: Greek islanders, Syrian White Helmets top bets". The Indian Express. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  15. ^ "Who are the top 2016 Nobel Peace Prize contenders?". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  16. ^ "White Helmets among 'alternative Nobel prize' winners". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  17. ^ Foundation, Thomson Reuters. "Syria's White Helmets share Sweden's "alternative Nobel" prize". news.trust.org. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  18. ^ "Cinco víctimas también habían sido nominadas al Nobel 2016". ElTiempo.com. 7 Oct 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  19. ^ "FOTOS DE LOS OTROS COLOMBIANOS QUE ESTABAN NOMINADOS AL PREMIO NOBEL DE PAZ". ElEspectador.com. 7 Oct 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  20. ^ "UNESCO welcomes the awarding of 2016 Nobel Peace Prize". Scoop Media. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  21. ^ "Nobel Peace Prize for Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos". BBC. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  22. ^ "Colombian President awarded Nobel Peace Prize". ABC News. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  23. ^ "Nobel peace prize 2016: committee say award is 'tribute to the Colombian people' - live". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  24. ^ "Nobel peace prize 2016: committee say award is 'tribute to the Colombian people' - live". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-10-07. El único premio al que aspiramos es de la #PazConJusticiaSocial para #Colombia sin pamilitarismo, sin retaliaciones ni mentiras #PazALaCalle
  25. ^ "The White Helmets on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  26. ^ "The White Helmets on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  27. ^ Vélez, Álvaro Uribe (7 Oct 2016). "Felicito el Nobel para el Presidente Santos, deseo que conduzca a cambiar acuerdos dañinos para la democracia" (in Spanish). Twitter. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  28. ^ "Juan Manuel Santos's Nobel prize could save the peace process in Colombia". The Guardian. 2016-10-07. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  29. ^ "The Norwegian Nobel Committee 2016 - Members". Norwegian Nobel Committee. Retrieved 7 October 2016.

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An economist by profession and a journalist by trade, Santos is a member of the wealthy and influential Santos family, who from 1913 to 2007 were the majority shareholders of the newspaper El Tiempo until its sale to Planeta DeAgostini in 2007. He was a cadet at the Navy Academy in Cartagena. Shortly after graduating from the University of Kansas, he joined the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia as an economic advisor and delegate to the International Coffee Organization in London, where he also attended the London School of Economics. In 1981, he was appointed deputy director of El Tiempo newspaper, becoming its director two years later. Santos earned a mid-career/master's in public administration in 1981 from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and was a 1988 Nieman Fellow for his award-winning work as a columnist and reporter. Santos was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Fletcher at Tufts University in 1981. Santos served as a member and Vice Chair of the Washington-based think tank the Inter-American Dialogue and was president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association.

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