Who will win the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize?

Likely Front-Runners

Of the 376 candidates this year, 148 are organisations.

Russian activist Svetlana Gannushkina

Gannushkina has “a long record as an advocate for human rights, democracy and historical reconciliation in Russia and its neighborhood.

Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi

Moniz, the U.S. energy secretary, and Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, were key players in hammering out the nuclear deal between Iran and the West.

White Helmets of Syria’s civil war

A volunteer corps of first responders known for wearing white helmets, were recognized last month with the Right to Livelihood Award after reportedly rescuing more than 60,000 lives since the country erupted into a civil war in 2011.

The negotiators behind 2015 climate change accord.

Should panellists wish to honour the hard-won Paris climate change deal, without singling out any one leader or country, they could opt for the United Nations secretariat that was a backbone to talks.

Pope Francis

Francis remains an outspoken advocate for peace amid global conflicts.

Edward Snowden

The former NSA whistleblower remains a divisive figure after leaking a trove of classified U.S. security information in 2013.

The Greek islanders

The islanders have been credited for their compassion and humanity as the flood of migrants wash ashore — some already dead.

Nadia Murad

One of the most high-profile advocates for the Yazidis, a religious minority targeted for extermination by ISIS

Angela Merkel

She has been lauded for her handling of the refugee crisis in Europe.

Denis Mukwege

The Congolese gynecologist who has treated thousands of victims of sexual assault during his country’s years of conflict and civil war.

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