I just went to the light procession for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo last weekend. It is good to see Norwegians celebrating the event and it is good to see the dignity and seriousness with which they pay tribute to the prize. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay for the whole event since I had to catch the plane back to Copenhagen. The ceremony itself can be watched here
At this day and with this prize we celebrate and cherish individuals who achieve outstanding results for peace in our world. But events like this are encouragement and call for action to all of us at the same time. What do we do in our daily lives to promote the well-being of our beings around us?
One other positive element of celebrations like these: General media coverage is normally driven to the worst of mankind’s actions, making us forget that every now and then good things actually do happen. Occasions like these remind us that some people try and succeed and thus give back hope.
The UN has a new Secretary General. Let’s hope the push for reform is even harder, that impact on the ground is given a higher priority and that we will see a more flexible, more capable set of responses to the multitude of problems in the world.