Speculation is rife as to who will be awarded the highly prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. The announcement is to be made in Oslo this morning. The United Nation’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and its head Mohammed el Baradei are front-runners according to a Norwegian TV station that has correctly predicted winners in the past.
It is thought the Nobel committee will likely honour those involved in the fight against atomic weapons. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the nuclear attacks by the US on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A ban-the-bomb group representing Japanese survivors is also tipped for the prize worth over a million euros. But those brokering peace around the world are also being highlighted as a best bet by bookmakers.
Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari’s work in resolving the stand-off between Indonesia and Aceh rebels could see him receive the honour. There are 199 people on the secret list of candidates. Bono the Irish rockstarapparently features on it, but pundits say his campaign against poverty in Africa will not have the five-member Nobel committee rooting for him this time round.