Nobel Peace Prize laureates have included politicians, international organizations, peace movements and human rights advocates.
Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel specified in his will that his fortune be used to create a foundation person which every year picks a person who "shall 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." Nobel's relatives were outraged, so the first prize was awarded five years after his death, in 1901. This page is a collection of recent DW content tied to the Peace Prize or to Alfred Nobel, also the inventor of dynamite.
In 2011, Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize together with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Yemen's Tawakkol Karman. She's still fighting for the rights of Liberians and championing women worldwide. She has now been honored with the Bonn International Democracy Prize.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus told DW that capitalism in its current form fosters inequality, environmental destruction and massive unemployment. The Bangladeshi economist talked about what he calls "social business," which he said is based more on social justice and human values than making a profit.
Former Polish President Lech Walesa played a key role in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. At 75, he told DW that retirement is far from his mind and warned against the path Poland's leaders are taking.