COPENHAGEN – The winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize — the World Meals Program — and the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated Wednesday they’ve collectively agreed to postpone the in-person award ceremony in Oslo subsequent month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
”With the present restrictions in Oslo, it might not be potential to hold out the ceremony or different elements of the laureate’s conventional program in a very good and worthy method,” the Nobel Committee stated in a press release.
WFP head David Beasley was anticipated to journey to the Norwegian capital “to obtain the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the group” that gained the distinguished award for efforts to fight starvation. However he’ll now settle for the award throughout a digital ceremony on Dec. 10.
The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony often is held at Oslo Metropolis Corridor. Nonetheless, organizers stated the occasion can be a scaled-down affair held on the metropolis’s college due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is planning “a digital award ceremony the place the WFP will probably be introduced with the medal and diploma.” U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres can also be anticipated to attend the digital discussion board.
The Oslo-based committee stated in a press release that relying on how the pandemic develops, Beasley “will hopefully be capable to give the Nobel lecture on the Oslo Metropolis Corridor subsequent yr. Then it also needs to be potential to carry a Nobel banquet in honor of the World Meals Program. As beforehand introduced, this yr’s banquet has been canceled.”
Together with monumental status, the prize comes with a 10-milion krona ($1.1 million) money award and a gold medal. The ceremony is held yearly on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s loss of life.
Earlier this month, the Norwegian authorities had granted an exemption from its two-week quarantine requirement for arriving guests so representatives from the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize may attend the award ceremony in Oslo.
The federal government’s resolution got here on the advice of Norway’s Directorate of Well being and Nationwide Institute of Public Well being, which “think about that the chance of an infection may be very small” from granting the quarantine waiver, Well being Minister Bent Hoeie stated on the time.
He referred to as the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize “an vital occasion of nice nationwide and worldwide curiosity.”
“We wish to make it simple for the prize winner to be bodily current this yr as nicely. It’s important that the occasion is carried out in a very good infection-control method,” Hoeie stated on Nov. 10.
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