The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday at 2.30 pm IST in Oslo, Norway. There are 318 candidates nominated for the prize this year — the second highest number so far after 2016’s record 376 — of which 215 are individuals and 103 are organisations. A five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee will select the laureates who will be awarded in Oslo, Norway on Friday.
While the nominations are not officially disclosed ahead of the announcement, there are several names doing the rounds of the internet. Elected representatives, academicians and former Laureates are among those allowed to submit nominations for the prize. You can also get more facts on the Nobel Peace Prize in our LIVE blog: Follow LIVE updates on the Nobel Peace Prize
Here’s are the likely contenders for the award:
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin: The two premiers have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees: The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) has nominated UNHCR for standing up the rights of refugees in countries like Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
Can Dündar: PRIO has nominated the former editor of the Cumhuriyet for standing up for press freedom. Dündar faces charges of disclosing secrets and aiding a terrorist group in Russia.
Economic Community of West African States: PRIO directors have picked ECOWAS the for its diplomatic efforts in restoring democracy in Gambia.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Federica Mogherini: The Iranian foreign minister and EU foreign policy head are also rumoured to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize given their role in orchestrating the Iran nuclear deal.
Pope Francis: While no pontiff has won the award till now, the Pope may be a strong candidate for the award given his position on refugees, social justice, and climate change. He was nominated by a Norwegian member of Parliament as “he is one of the rare ones to stand up to Donald Trump”, reported The Guardian.
Angela Merkel: The German Chancellor may be in the race given her policy on refugees; she has opened Germany’s doors to over one million migrants.
Raif Badawi: The Saudi blogger was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to jail for 10 years and 1000 lashes for insulting Islam and the country’s religious establishment.
Edward Snowden: The American whistle-blower may be nominated for the post as well. Snowden, who leaked classified information on the US government, now lives in Russia.
Syria Civil Defence: Also known as the White Helmets, the organisation is speculated to be in the race this year for its rescue and relief operations in Syria. The emergency first-responders have saved nearly 60,000 lives.