The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in April 2018, he made it clear that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea. In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries.Peace does not arise from the actions of one party alone. When Prime Minister Abiy reached out his hand, President Afwerki grasped it, and helped to formalise the peace process between the two countries.
Nobel prizes are not just prizes for the winners but they also give direction to policymakers for leading mankind into a beautiful future. Policymakers should work to solve conflicts through dialogue and do not escalate them through military actions and shutdowns.
Policymakers should encourage the public to rise above hate and work to reduce tensions in the society. Politicians should take rational decisions rather than practising popular politics. World is facing global challenges climate change and global warming, poverty, desertification , water crisis, pollution etc It is possible to have society without factions on any level whether political, or social on global scale so that we can solve these global challenges that world have not witnessed before.
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