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Nobel Symposium, Oslo: ICRC takes part in Peace Prize Centennial

07-12-2001 News Release 01/48

One hundred years after Red Cross founder Henry Dunant shared the first Nobel Peace Prize with Frédéric Passy, the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium is being held this week in Norway. The Symposium provides a venue for more than 30 Peace Prize laureates and many other distinguished personalities to engage in dialogue on the general topic of " Conflicts of the 20th century and solutions for the 21st " . Vice-President Jacques Forster is representing the ICRC and took part in a panel discussion on " War and peace in the 20th century: The overall balance — how can we do better? " on 6 December at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo.

Henry Dunant's passionate devotion to the humanitarian cause inspired many members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to follow his example over the past century. The ICRC itself was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times: in 1917 and 1944, as a tribute to its humanitarian activities during the two world wars, and in 1963, together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on the occasion of the Movement's 100thanniversary.

The Nobel Prizes awarded to the ICRC and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement pay tribute to a noble mission: that of striving to preserve humanity where it is most threatened — in times of war and disaster, in the midst of poverty and despair.