Global Demilitarization – The True Goal of the Nobel Peace Prize
NOBEL LAUREATES, 18 Jul 2022
Oslo, July 11, 2022
H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres,
Secretary General of the United Nations, UN-New York
I deeply appreciate your commitment to global demilitarization. With an education in law from Oslo and New York, I have for the last 40 years worked for disarmament (in IPB, IALANA etc., often at the UN in NY and Geneva). In my latest book, so far published only in Norwegian, I use the Nobel Peace Prize as a potent tool to challenge militarism. I also comment on your fine initiative in 2018, Securing Our Common Future, and try to explain why initiatives for alternative and non-violent security, including even Nobel´s prize for disarmament, were always defeated. See more HERE.
Since I discovered, in 2007, that Alfred Nobel – in his legally binding will – intended to support general and complete disarmament, I have been using the prize as a wedge to help undo the political influence of global militarism. My book in 2010, “The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel really wanted”, was the first professional interpretation of Nobel´s peace prize. But even solid documentation of the intended purpose did not change the award policy.
The new book shows how the award committee gets away with ignoring the express call for global demilitarization in Nobel’s will. His clearly antimilitarist prize has been transformed into a general peace prize. Based on the Committee´s archives, I identify the 140 champions of peace whose life efforts for a demilitarized world order entitled them to receive the prize. It has been heartbreaking to discover how the world has been unable to benefit from their dedicated work because an influential war business made sure they would fail.
Please let me send you the as yet unpublished manuscript in the hope that the UN disarmament experts will find it helpful to realizing world peace, the main goal of the UN.
Fredrik S. Heffermehl, cand. jur, LLM NYU, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and ex-Vice President of the International Peace Bureau. He is the author of The Nobel Peace Prize, What Nobel Really Wanted (Praeger, 2010 – expanded versions in Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish and  Russian). firstname.lastname@example.org – http://www.nobelwill.org.
Tags: Anti-militarism, Anti-war, Demilitarization, Disarmament, Nobel Peace Prize, Nobel Peace Prize Watch, Nobel's Will
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