The Nobel Peace Prize 2007
Former Vice President Al Gore and Mr Rajendra Pachauri, leader of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were presented with the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony at Oslo Town Hall today. They have been awarded the Prize for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
About the Laureates:
Through the scientific reports it has issued over the past two decades, the IPCC has created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming. Thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries have collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming. Whereas in the 1980s global warming seemed to be merely an interesting hypothesis, the 1990s produced firmer evidence in its support. In the last few years, the connections have become even clearer and the consequences still more apparent.
Al Gore has for a long time been one of the worlds leading environmentalist politicians. He became aware at an early stage of the climatic challenges the world is facing. His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.
Source: The Norwegian Nobel Institute
Prior to the Awards Ceremony, His Majesty The King granted Vice President Al Gore and Mr Rajendra Pachauri, with their wives, Ms Tipper Gore and Ms Pachauri, audience at The Royal Palace.
Their Majesties The King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were all in attendance during the audience with the Peace Prize Laureates.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.