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Nobel Peace Prize

For over a century, the Nobel Peace Prize has been thought of as the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a person who has dedicated their life to creating a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Ironically, the Prize and the large cash award that comes with it, were made possible because of Alfred Nobel's invention of the deadly explosives, dynamite and ballistite in the mid-1800s. The Swedish inventor and munitions manufacturer's explosives earned him a large fortune during his lifetime, but Alfred Nobel had no family to inherit his wealth. When he died on December 10, 1896, his will called for the establishment of an annual Nobel Prize to be awarded each year to those who have contributed the most to the common good in several fields, which now include Chemistry, Economics, Literature, Medicine, Physics and Peace. Nobel's decision to include 'peace' as one of the categories may have stemmed from his regret about the destructive source of his great wealth, but it was also greatly influenced by his friendship with the Baroness Bertha von Suttner, a noted peace activist of the time. The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901 to Henri Dunant, the founder of the International Red Cross and one of the major influences behind the Geneva Convention, one of the first international laws on the humanitarian treatment of soldiers and civilians during times of war. Each year, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on the anniversary of Nobel's death in Oslo, Norway, and it continues to represent one of the highest and most noble goals - the creation of a world at peace.

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MILESTONES

c.380 BC
"Republic"

1215
Magna Carta

1516
"Utopia"

1528
"On Civil Power"

1625
"On The Law
of War and Peace"

1648
Peace of Westphalia

1650-1799
Enlightenment

1689
"Two Treatises of Government"

1762
"Social Contract"

July 4, 1776
US Declaration of Independence

September 17, 1787
US Constitution

August 26, 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

September 25, 1789
US Bill of Rights

1793
Department of Peace

1795
"Perpetual Peace"

May 18, 1899
Hague Peace Conference

1901
Nobel Peace Prize

January 8, 1918
14 Points

June 28, 1919
League of Nations

1933
The New Deal

January 6, 1941
The Four Freedoms

October 24, 1945
The United Nations

August, 1947
World Federalist Movement

December 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1955
"Let There Be
Peace On Earth"

1956
The Beloved Community

1960-1963
The New Frontier

1963-1969
The Great Society

1970
Earth Day

October 11, 1971
"Imagine"

1981
International Day of Peace

1985
77 Theses on the Care of the Earth

1988
Global Cooperation for a Better World

1991
Earth Constitution

1992
UNESCO
Culture of Peace Programme

1992
"4000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World"

1995
Earth Magna Charta

1995
"When Corporations Rule The World"

1996
"Peace On Earth Millennium"

1997
Appeal of the Nobel Laureates

1998
"Conscious Evolution"

May 11-15, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace

January 1, 2000
One Day In Peace

June 29, 2000
The Earth Charter

September, 2000
Millennium Development Goals

January 25-30, 2001
World Social Forum

October, 2001
"Better World Handbook"

2005
Clinton Global Initiative

July 18, 2007
The Elders

September 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street