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Nobel Peace Prize goes to Martti Ahtisaari
10 October 2008 / 11:32

[Dateline: New York | Author:  iSeek]

Nobel medal Martti Ahtisaari | Credit: UN Photo (133355)The Norwegian Nobel committee has awarded this year’s Peace Prize to Martti Ahtisaari "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts" (related press release).

Within the UN System, Mr. Ahtisaari has held many notable posts over the past few decades including:

Under-Secretary-General for Department of Management

Independent Eminent Expert to Follow Up on the World Conference Against Racism

Special Envoy to Lead the Future Status Process For Kosovo

Special Envoys for the Humanitarian Crisis In The Horn Of Africa

Special Representative for Namibia

Commissioner for Namibia

He is also known as the author of important reports on the Humanitarian Needs in Iraq (S/22366), Kuwait (S/22409), and the Situation in Kosovo and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (S/2004/932).

Mr. Ahtisaari served as President of Finland from 1994 to 2000 and has held a number of positions within the Government of Finland.  He has also been highly-involved in numerous non-governmental and non-profit organizations. (biographical note and curriculum vitae). 

A statement issued by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General called Mr. Ahtisaari "a long-standing United Nations colleague and ally in the cause of peace, development and human rights."