Nobel Peace Prize for 2016, Winner: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

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For: his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth 8 million Swedish crowns ($930,000), will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10.

About Juan Manuel Santos

  • Born in Bogota in 10 August 1951 in an influential family
  • Enlisted in the Colombian Navy in 1967
  • Graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor in Economics and Business Administration.
  • Graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science, with a Master of Science in Economic Development in 1975
  • Graduated from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a Master of Public Administration in 1981.
  • Also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
  • Appointed as Colombia’s first Minister of Foreign Trade in 1991.
  • Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia from 2000 to 2002
  • Appointed as President of the VIII United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in 1992.
  • Served as defence minister from 2006 until 2009
  • Elected Colombian president in 2010 and re-elected in 2014

Achievement

President Santos initiated the negotiations that culminated in the peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, and he has consistently sought to move the peace process forward. Although Colombians have rejected the accord, President Santos was instrumental in ensuring that Colombian voters were able to voice their opinion concerning the peace accord in a referendum. By awarding this year’s Peace Prize to President Juan Manuel Santos, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to encourage all those who are striving to achieve peace, reconciliation and justice in Colombia.

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