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UN health agency, Navalny, Thunberg in running for Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announces its pick for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, drawing from 329 proposals, with the World Health Organization (WHO) a favourite to win the prestigious accolade for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announces its pick for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, drawing from 329 proposals, with the World Health Organization (WHO) a favourite to win the prestigious accolade for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Nobel Foundation keeps the names of the nominees secret for 50 years, but individual nominators are free to reveal their selection.

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg are all known to be among the 234 people nominated.

There were 95 organizations that made the list, too. They include the WHO, Black Lives Matter, NATO and Reporters Without Borders.

The announcement in Oslo is due at 11 am (0900 GMT).

This year’s tally of nominees is the third-highest since 1901. The current record of 376 candidates was reached in 2016.

The UN’s World Food Programme won the Peace Prize in 2020 for its “efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”

In 2019, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won for his work to promote regional peace. Last year, he went to war with rebels in his country’s Tigray region, destabilizing the Horn of Africa and precipitating a humanitarian crisis.

The Nobel awards in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature were already announced this week. The economics prize announcement is due on Monday.

Each prize is worth 10 million kronor (1.1 million dollars).

The Nobel Peace Prize is the only one of the prizes to be announced in Oslo rather than Stockholm.

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