Nominations still arriving for 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Monday February 12, 2007

Oslo- The number of nominations for the 2007 Nobel Peace
Prize stood at 167 on Monday but the final tally remained
outstanding, Nobel Committee secretary Geir Lundestad said.
Lundestad told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that 35 organizations
were counted among the nominations already received while valid
nominations continued to arrive in Oslo, suggesting that the final
number of entries would grow.

In addition, the five-member Nobel Committee also has the right to
make nominations and a "final" list was not due until February 22
after the committee meets, he added.

Interest has increased in recent years, Lundestad said, noting
that in 2005, 199 nominations for the prize were registered.

The Nobel Committee has in recent years broadened the definition
of peace as indicated by the 2004 selection of Kenyan human rights
activist and environmentalist Wangari Maathai and the 2006 choice of
Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi national behind the Grameen Movement
micro-banking system that has helped millions in his homeland.

Two nominations for 2007 already announced include former US vice
president Al Gore and Canadian-born Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier
for highlighting climate change.

Gore and Watt-Cloutier were nominated by two Norwegian
parliamentarians. Others allowed to nominate candidates for the
coveted award include academics, and former Peace Prize laureates.

Lundestad said this year "the committee had noted that three
campaigns have been launched" but declined to spell out who
instigated or coordinated these.

"But we noticed them," Lundestad said, saying hundreds of
similarly-worded proposals had arrived, although this was not
exceptional in Nobel history.

The final announcement normally takes place in mid-October. The
award ceremony is scheduled for December 10.

The Peace Prize was endowed by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel,
the inventor of dynamite.

Each year Nobel prizes are also awarded for physics, chemistry,
medicine, literature, and economics, although Nobel did not endow the
economics prize.

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