Nobel Peace Prize 2011
Their Majesties The King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were in attendance today at the ceremony at Oslo City Hall in which Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and peace activists Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen received the Nobel Peace Prize.
The three women were awarded the prize for their non-violent struggle to promote the safety of women and the right of women to participate fully in peace-building work.
In its official statement regarding the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said:
We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is divided into three equal parts among the laureates, who received the prize at todays formal ceremony at Oslo City Hall.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africas first democratically elected woman president. The Norwegian Nobel Committee points out that since she took office in 2006, Ms Sirleaf has helped to secure peace in Liberia, promote economic and social development and strengthen the position of women.
Leymah Gbowee mobilised and organised women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003 and safeguard womens participation in elections.
A politician, journalist, blogger and international public face of the Arab Spring uprising in Yemen, Tawakkul Karman has played a leading role in the struggle for womens rights, democracy and peace in her country.
Save the Childrens Peace Prize Party
This morning, Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended Save the Childrens Peace Prize Party at the Nobel Peace Center. Two hundred children were invited to meet the three laureates, who were received with cheers, confetti and We love you.
Audience at the Royal Palace
Prior to the awards ceremony, the laureates were granted an audience at the Royal Palace. They were received by King Harald and Queen Sonja in the Bird Room and escorted to the Kings office. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were also present.
Nobel Banquet and Peace Prize Concert
This evening, the King and Queen and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will attend the traditional Nobel Banquet at the Grand Hotel in Oslo in honour of the laureates.
According to tradition, the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert will be held on 11 December at Oslo Spektrum and will feature performers from around the world. The concert will be attended by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, accompanied by Princess Märtha Louise and Mr Ari Behn.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.