In the News: Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have now been announced! Learn about the three new Nobel Laureates, and the ongoing efforts of past Laureates and others around the world dedicated to the cause of peace.

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NEW! Nobel Peace Prize 2011

This year’s prize has been split between three women “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current president of Liberia; Leymah Gbowee, organizer of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace and Women in Peacebuilding Network, which helped end the Liberian civil war; and Tawakkul Karman, Yemeni journalist, human rights activist, and co-founder of Women Journalists Without Chains.

NEW! Nobel Women’s Initiative

In 2006, six female Nobel Peace Laureates founded this organization to support struggles for peace and women’s rights around the world.

NEW! PeaceJam

Twelve Laureates inspire youth to become leaders working for peace, human rights, and health and sustenance for all. To date, over 600,000 young people have created nearly one million projects to help their communities with PeaceJam’s help.

NEW! The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Laureate 1984) reaches out to young people with his own foundation as well as with PeaceJam, educating and engaging them in peace efforts and publicizing notable, effective projects.

NEW! Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation

Rigoberta Menchú created this foundation after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 to defend human rights, strengthen impoverished rural communities, and promote education, with a special focus on the needs of indigenous peoples.

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (find it on ipl2:

Although he never won the Nobel Peace Prize (despite being nominated five times), Mahatma Gandhi is one of the century’s best-known advocates of non-violence. This foundation, started by Gandhi’s grandson, works to educate people about non-violent conflict resolution, restorative justice, and sustainable living.

NEW! CeaseFire

Not all organizations promoting peace have won or been nominated for a Nobel – at least, not yet! CeaseFire, founded in Chicago and since expanded to other cities, works to stop gun violence.

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Sudan votes for independence

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This week the ipl2 blog will highlight current events in Sudan.

For seven days in January 2011, the people of southern Sudan voted on a referendum on independence from Sudan.  The vote was largely peaceful, and final results will be released within 30 days of the end of voting.  It is widely expected that the vote will be for independence and the creation of the world’s newest country.  Hopefully the process will proceed as peacefully as the voting did.  Here are select resources on this topic.

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Here are 4 websites specifically on the referendum and its outcome:

NEW! Southern Sudan Referendum Commission
This is the official website of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), available in English and Arabic.  The SSRC organized the voting in north and south Sudan, and in eight countries worldwide with significant populations of southern Sudanese expatriates. The website details the formation and role of the SSRC, it’s members, goals and how the voting was conducted.

NEW! Southern Sudan 2011
Official referendum results posted by the SSRC.

NEW! Southern Sudan Referendum Commission Out of Country Registration and Voting
Contains information from the SSRC for southern Sudanese living outside of Sudan on eligibility, how to register to vote, where to vote, voting guide, FAQs, and the English text of the Referendum Act of 2009 which set the legal basis for the 2011 referendum.

NEW! South Sudan Referendum
Coverage of the voting, latest information, background on the referendum, and editorials.  From the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

For current maps and satellite images visit:

NEW! The Satellite Sentinel Project
From the website: “The Satellite Sentinel Project — initiated by George Clooney — combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google’s Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan. The project provides an early warning system to deter mass atrocities by focusing world attention and generating rapid responses on human rights and human security concerns.”

These websites contain an overview of Sudan, articles, videos and current news:

The World Factbook: Sudan (Find it on ipl2:  Resources by Subject – Africa)
Facts, statistics, demographics, history, and a printable map of Sudan.  From “The World Factbook,” published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

NEW! Sudan
Country profile, current news, past articles, videos and editorials from the New York Times online edition.

For additional resources search on ipl2 for “Sudan”.

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