Malisius on the Nobel Peace Prize

RRU Staff

Many were surprised this morning when they heard about this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Dr Eva Malisius, School of Humanitarian Studies, spoke with various CBC morning radio hosts this morning about the Nobel Peace Prize, the OPCW, and also about Malala Yousafzai who was widely covered in the media as potential nominee for the prestigious award.

While at first sight the OPCW is a less controversial choice than some of the Nobel Peace Prize Winners in the past couple of years.  At the same time, it is a timely choice: OPCW has been in operation since 1997 set up to monitor the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  Most recently the OPCW is operating in Syria, conducting inspections and overseeing the destruction of chemical weapons.  The Nobel Peace Committee also pointed out that both Russia and the USA as signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention have not yet complied with the 2012 deadline to destroy their stockpiles of chemical weapons.  For sure part of the value of the Nobel Peace Prize will be to draw further attention to this situation.
Thereby the choice in many ways is a return to the original spirit in which Alfred Nobel dedicated the award: the recognize the best efforts for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction or arms, and promotion of peace congresses.  The trends over the last couple of years recognized more human rights activists, environmental issues, and also women peacemakers - hence making this years’ choice a return to advocating disarmament.

Malala Yousafzai for sure will continue her important work advocating education and being an inspiring young leader and peace activist.  Despite not being award the Nobel Peace Prize this year - it would not be a surprise to see her name come up again in just a few years’ time.

Dr Eva Malisius spoke with Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan; Thunder Bay - Superior Morning host Lisa Laco; Corner Brook - West Coast Morning host Bernice Hillier; Winnipeg - Information Radio host Marcy Markusa; Victoria - On The Island host Gregor Craigie; Calgary--The Eyeopener host David Gray; Daybreak Kamloops host Shelley Joyce; and Vancouver --The Early Edition host Rick Cluff.

Listen to one of the interviews here.