Il Nobel per la pace a Kailash Satyarthi e Malala Yousafzay, i paladini dei bambini

Il Nobel per la Pace 2014 è stato assegnato a Malala Yousafzai, la ragazzina pakistana vittima di un attentato talebano nel 2009 quando aveva solo 12 anni (perché difendeva il diritto delle bambine allo studio nella valle dello Swat) e all’indiano, Kailash Satyarthi, 60 anni, attivista dei diritti dei bambini. Lo ha annunciato Thorbjoern Jagland, il presidente del Comitato del Nobel al Nobel Institute di Oslo

Il Premio Nobel

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014


The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.

Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.

The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. Many other individuals and institutions in the international community have also contributed. It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher. The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour.

The struggle against suppression and for the rights of children and adolescents contributes to the realization of the “fraternity between nations” that Alfred Nobel mentions in his will as one of the criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oslo, 10 October 2014


Elena, 16 anni, e il Nobel per la Pace.

unione-europea-]Four young Europeans, Ana from Spain, Elena from Italy, Ilona from Poland and Larkin from Malta, will join EU leaders in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. They won the drawing and writing contest organised by the EU institutions, in partnership with the European Youth Forum, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace prize to the European Union. “Peace, Europe, Future: What does Peace in Europe mean to you?” This was the question put to young people from the EU and acceding or candidate countries aged between 8 and 24. Children aged 8 to 12 expressed their answer in a drawing, young people aged 13 to 24 in a short text of maximum 120 characters, in any of the 23 EU official languages.

Ana FANLO VICENTE, from Spain, 12 years old, (group 1), Ana lives in Salamanca. She is currently in second year of secondary education. She likes music, nature, and animals. During her free time, she loves riding horses, dancing flamenco, going to the movie and reading.

Elena Nicoletta GARBUJO, from Italy, 16 years old, (group 2), Elena lives in Novate Milanese, a small town near Milan. She is in third year of high school. She practices water-polo, ice skating and sailing. She also likes music and singing: she can play piano and sings in several chorus.

Ilona ZIELKOWSKA, from Poland, 21 years old, (group 3), Ilona is studying political sciences with a specialisation in international relations at the University of Gdańsk. In her free time, she takes polish folk dance lessons and practices English-speaking theatre.

The fourth winner was chosen by a vote by the public on Facebook: 16 additional pre-selected entries from the categories 18-24 were posted. The candidate with the most votes, Larkin ZAHRA, 23, from Malta won. Larkin lives in Zebbug. He loves sports, one of his favourites being football.

The four winners are invited by the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament to be part of the official delegation of the European Union that is travelling to Oslo to receive this year’s Peace Prize. They will attend the official ceremony on 10 December as well as the Nobel Peace Prize concert on 11 December. The winner and the 9 runners-up of the Facebook vote will also be invited to Strasbourg for a special event around the Nobel prize on 12 December at the European Parliament.