The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize was Barack Obama but who else was on the final list? Judges were choosing between 205 nominees. Thirty-three are organizations and the rest individuals, the Nobel Foundation has reported. Earlier this week, the names of nominees weren't officially announced, but certain people and groups are known to have been nominated. Who do you think should have won? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
Below, the winner and some of the possible nominees:
Winner: Barack Obama, U.S. President
Mr. Obama's priorities include ending the war in Iraq responsibly and stopping the creation of nuclear weapons worldwide.
The Nobel committee said:
"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."
Nicolas Sarkozy, French president
Along with Egypt's president, Sarkozy proposed the ceasefire plan for the Gaza Strip conflict in January. European Union president from July, 2008 to December, 2008, Sarkozy pushed for approval of a progressive energy package that would force companies to severely reduce emissions.
Ingrid Betancourt, French-Colombian ex-hostage
If anyone knows how to bounce back from tragedy, it's Betancourt. During the Colombian senator's 2002 presidential campaign, she was abducted by a marxist organization and held captive for six-and-a-half years. Since being rescued in July, 2008, she has been dubbed a "freedom fighter" and "symbol of hope."
Denis Mukwege, Medical doctor
Seeing pregnant women arrive at the hospital on a donkey and dying during childbirth encouraged Mukwege to study gynaecology and obstetrics. Noticing that so many women had been sexually abused, he later founded the Panzi hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hundreds of thousands of female sexual violence victims have been helped so far.
These organizations are recognized for their consistently serious efforts to clean up cluster bombs, also known as land mines. Innocent civilians are regularly killed worldwide because the unseen bombs explode when stepped upon. Thirty-four nations are known to have air-dropped cluster bombs from the 1970s to the 1990s.