Receiving the Nobel Peace prize is a life-changing award. Alfred Nobel said that it should be given those who “shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind”, and while Greta Thunberg’s is an undeniable force and her movement much appreciated and noted, she has not generated a direct benefit on a global level that advances mankind in any way. Perhaps she will accomplish wonderful things throughout her lifetime but as of now, she does not merit this award.

Here is the list so far of the nominations for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Greta Thunberg has been nominated for her mass movement advocating climate change and while her efforts to date are outstanding, she does not measure up to her fellow nominees. Someone like Loujain-al-Hathlou, a prominent Saudi human rights activist who is currently suffering in prison for her cause, is much more deserving than the sixteen-year-old rebel climate activist from Sweden. So is Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia who took steps to formally end the conflict with Eritrea, signing a “Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship” on 9 July 2018. Abiy has engaged in dialogue with the many armed, regional Ethiopian opposition groups, succeeding in persuading the Oromo Liberation Front to commit to peaceful participation in the political process.

The UNHCR and High Commissioner Filippo Grandi are other nominees that are far more deserving than Greta; the UNHCR has shown its capacity and integrity in standing up for refugees’ rights and needs time and time again. They are working tirelessly to mend the consequences of war in major conflict theaters such as Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan. Filippo Grandi, who has decades of experience working with refugees, including as the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has used his office to speak out for the Rohingyas in the Rakhine province in Myanmar, urging the de facto head of state in Myanmar, Aung-San Suu Kyi, to act on the situation.

Lastly I want to highlight the The Arctic Council who focuses on environmental protection and sustainable development in the Arctic. Though the council’s guidelines and recommendations are non-binding, it represents an important meeting point for Arctic states and Arctic indigenous groups in matters pertaining to the sustainable use of resources in the region. Facilitating regional cooperation and coordination based on the exchange of scientific evidence, the organization remains an important arena for collaboration between Russia, the US, and other Western states at a time when relations between them have become increasingly strained.

I also believe that it is time to grant the reporting community a Nobel Peace Prize. Organizations such as Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are wholly dedicated to preserve media freedom and freedom of expression by protecting journalists and highlighting injustices and threats toward them. Reporters all over the world are putting their own safety at risk to provide information from the most devastating conflicts and repressive regimes. A prize emphasizing the importance of providing reliable information from theaters of conflict around the world would be a prize to acknowledge the importance of independent information gathering in enabling governments to make good decisions in crises and conflicts.

Below list of 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominations: