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Among the nominees for the 2021 Nobel Prize are former US President Donald Trump, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, climate campaigner Greta Thunberg and the World Health Organization, according to a Reuters report.

Qualified nominators include heads of states, members of
national assemblies and national governments and former winners, among several
others. Nominations close February 1. The Nobel Committee shortlists by March and
then chooses the laureates in October. The award ceremony is scheduled for
December 10 in Oslo, Norway. Nominations are officially revealed 50 years
later, but nominators may disclose their candidates.

Norwegian lawmakers, who have nominated all winners since
2014 except for 2019, have made several notable picks this year.

The most high profile choice is the former US president,
nominated by MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who based his decision on the
turnaround in Israel-UAE relations under the Abraham Accords. Former minister
Ola Elvestuen has backed Navalny for his “efforts for a peaceful democratization
of Russia”. The WHO is on the list for its programme to ensure fair access to
Covid-19 vaccines for poor countries. Thunberg has been lauded as one of “the
foremost spokespeople in the fight against the climate crisis.”

Also on the list is the Black Lives Matter movement, in a
nod to its efforts to bring about systemic change and the global reach its
message has achieved.

Abdul Gh Lone

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