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.
St. Olaf College
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), www.who.int/en
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.
Interfaith Youth Core, www.ifyc.org
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.
- The Foundation for International Community Assistance, www.villagebanking.org
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.
Norwegian Nobel Institute, www.nobel.no/indexen.html
The official site for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the
World (2001–10), www3.unesco.org/iycp
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
Peace Prize Festival, www.nobelpeaceprizefestival.org
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.