Teenage green activist Greta Thunberg, pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong, and the NATO army coalition are among those recommended for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, based on nominations by politicians.
Also on the list, based on the eight members of the U.S. Congress who named her, is imprisoned Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul.
Norway’s Nobel Institute, which doesn’t confirm or refuse the names of any particular individuals or organizations selected, said Wednesday it had received nominations for 317 candidates this year, up from 301 last year. Of these, 210 had been people, and 107 were organizations.
Thousands of people that can make nominations, along with members of national parliaments, former laureates and major academics, often declare whose names they’ve recommended.
The result is decided annually by a committee of five people elected by Norway’s parliament.
Thunberg, 17, well-known for kick-starting her School Strike for the Climate campaign that has reached around much of the world, is the bookmakers’ favorite to win, based on betting firm Paddypower.
Although nominated last year, the 2019 prize went to Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed for his peacemaking programs, which ended 20 years of hostility with longtime rival Eritrea.
The Swede would be the second-youngest person to win a Nobel, beaten only by Malala Yousafzai, who was a few months younger at the time of her 2014 award for selling children’s right to education.
The two activists had been pictured together this week at Britain’s University of Oxford, where Malala, as she is best known, is a pupil.
While Thunberg’s name was sent forward by two Swedish parliamentarians, three members of the Norwegian parliament have recommended that the (NATO) – the army coalition that last year completed its 75th anniversary – ought to be given the award.