Why Jacinda Ardern might have to wait to win Nobel Peace Prize

More than 30,000 have signed two petitions calling on Jacinda Ardern win the Nobel Peace Prize - but if she gets nominated, there will be a long wait before she wins the prize.

The Prime Minister's compassion in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack was recognised by international political leaders and other public figures. Many were impressed that she donned a headscarf and hugged members of the Muslim community who were upset after the attacks.

Now two petitions asking for Ardern to get recognised with the Nobel Peace Prize have amassed around 34,000 signatures at the time of writing.

The prize is awarded to the international figure or group that has "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses," according to the will of Alfred Nobel, the prize's founder.

But nominations for 2019 have already closed, with the award ceremony on December 10, so Ardern would have to wait till December 10, 2020 for the chance to win - and that's only if she's nominated.

The Nobel Peace prize website has a list of those eligible to nominate people for the prize, which includes members of national governments, people who have been awarded the prize previously and university professors.

So unless the petitions manage to convince one of the listed people, they may not be worthwhile.

Other world leaders have won the Nobel Peace Prize in the past, including former-US president Barack Obama in 2009 and former-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung in 2000.


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