Striving for Peace: Roots of Chage

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For the Media

Sponsoring Schools
The Peace Prize Forum is sponsored annually and hosted on a rotating basis by five ELCA colleges of Norwegian heritage in the Upper Midwest and presented in cooperation with the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway.

Augsburg College
Augustana College
Concordia College
Luther College
St. Olaf College

The Carter Center,
The Carter Center, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy and improve health.

The World Health Organization (WHO),
The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on April 7, 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The Interfaith Youth Core,
The Interfaith Youth Core is a youth-led, Chicago-based international interfaith organization. We bring youth from different faith communities together to engage in social action projects and share how their different faiths inspire social justice.

FINCA - The Foundation for International Community Assistance,
FINCA is an anti-poverty organization that provides financial services to the world’s poorest families so they can create their own jobs, raise household incomes and improve their standard of living. FINCA, which began helping families to create their own solutions to poverty in 1984, now delivers these services through a global network of locally managed, self-supporting institutions. The organization’s founders invented the “Village Banking™ method” of credit delivery, now used by more than 80 organizations worldwide.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute,
The official site for the Nobel Peace Prize.

International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001–10),
Year 2000 was a starting point for a major mobilization as it was the International Year for the Culture of Peace (UN Resolution A /RES/52/15). On this special occasion, a global movement for a culture of peace was initiated by the United Nations to create a " grand alliance " of existing movements that unites all those already working for a culture of peace in its eight domains of action. This movement is now growing with the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-10).

Nobel Peace Prize Festival,
The Nobel Peace Prize Festival is an expansion of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an annual event affiliated with the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway. The Forum rotates between the five Norwegian/American affiliated colleges in the Midwest: Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Luther College in Decorah, IA and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. The Forum held its first annual event in 1988. The Festival, in response to the growing interest of involving children and youth, became a reality in 1996. The Festival coincides annually with the Forum and is held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.