The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 2:10 pm

2020 Nobel Peace ceremony won't be held in person in Oslo


Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- The winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize -- the World Food Program -- and the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Wednesday they have jointly agreed to postpone the in-person award ceremony in Oslo next month because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

”With the current restrictions in Oslo, it would not be possible to carry out the ceremony or other parts of the laureate’s traditional program in a good and worthy manner,” the Nobel Committee said in a statement.

WFP head David Beasley was expected to travel to the Norwegian capital “to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization” that won the prestigious award for efforts to combat hunger. But he will now accept the award during a virtual ceremony on Dec. 10.

The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony usually is held at Oslo City Hall. 

Now, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is planning "a digital award ceremony where the WFP will be presented with the medal and diploma.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is also expected to attend the virtual forum.

The Oslo-based committee said in a statement that depending on how the pandemic develops, Beasley “will hopefully be able to give the Nobel lecture at the Oslo City Hall next year. Then it should also be possible to hold a Nobel banquet in honor of the World Food Program. As previously announced, this year’s banquet has been canceled."

Along with enormous prestige, the prize comes with a $1.1 million cash award and a gold medal. The ceremony is held every year on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death.


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