Joining forces to celebrate peace and human rights

The City of Oslo, the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Institute and the Nobel Peace Center invite the city's population to celebrate Oslo Peace Days for a full week in December.

Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen, Nobel Peace Center Director Liv Tørres, The Norwegian Nobel Institute Director Olav Njølstad and University of Oslo Rector Svein Stølen all welcome you to Oslo Peace Days.

Oslo, 21 September 2018: Oslo is one of the most peaceful cities in the world, a world leader in peace and human rights research, and not least: the city where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. Now the Nobel institutions, the University of Oslo and the City of Oslo have joined forces to invite the public to a full week of events in December: the Oslo Peace Days. The purpose of these days is to create more involvement around the Nobel Peace Prize and to put peace and human rights even higher on the agenda.

Oslo - city of peace

"We wish to put Oslo clearly on the map as a "city of peace". I hope and believe that Oslo Peace Days and the cooperation between the City of Oslo, the Nobel Institute, the University of Oslo and the Nobel Peace Center will contribute to engagement and increased knowledge of Oslo as a peace city,” says Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen.

Oslo Peace Days begin on 5 December with the University of Oslo Human Rights Award. The highlight is the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in City Hall on 10 December, and on 12 December, the Days will conclude with the opening of this year's Peace Prize Exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center. There will be activities for the public and a plentiful academic program. A full program for the Oslo Peace Days will be released on 11 October.

"We want the Oslo Peace Days to become an arena where the whole population can learn about and discuss issues related to peace, democracy and human rights," says Rector at the University of Oslo, Svein Stølen.

Increased involvement and greater awareness of peace issues

The Nobel Institute's cooperation with the University of Oslo and the City of Oslo goes back many years. From 1947 to 1989, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in the University's Aula, and since 1990, the ceremony has taken place in Oslo City Hall. After the Nobel Peace Center opened in 2005, the museum has been a focal point for activities related to the Nobel Peace Prize. Cooperation between these four actors can contribute to increased involvement around the Nobel Peace Prize and greater awareness of peace issues, hopes Olav Njølstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

"Peace is something that must be built every day through activities and dialogue, and not least by experiencing things together. That is what we are going to do during Oslo Peace Days, "says Nobel Peace Center's director Liv Tørres.

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Published Sep. 21, 2018 9:00 AM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2018 11:55 PM