United for Peace
In a ceremony which took place on 10th December 2015, the Tunisian Nationa l Dialogue Quartet received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015.
During her speech, when she made the award, the Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kavi Kullmann Five said the following:
"We live in turbulent times. In North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, millions of
people are fleeing from war, oppression, suffering and terror. The causes of the refugee
crisis are numerous and complex, and there are no simple solutions. But one thing is
indisputable: if every country had done as Tunisia has done, and paved the way for
dialogue, tolerance, democracy and equal rights, far fewer people would have been forced
to flee. Tunisia has shown the world that Islamist and secular political movements can
negotiate with one another to reach solutions in the country's best interests, if only they are
willing to do so!"
She also talked about the remarkable nature of Tunisia’s path to democracy,
highlighting, amongst other things, the cooperation across religious divisions and the
key role played by women.
She spoke of the challenges facing Tunisia and of the worldwide threat of terrorism
"In this time of terror, the threats against Tunisia and the Tunisian people are
indistinguishable from the threats against other countries. They are the same forces that
broke the peace this autumn with acts of terrorism in so many places, including Beirut,
Ankara, in the airspace over the Sinai peninsula, and in Paris, Bamako and Tunis, and
that recently murdered a Norwegian, a Chinese and a Russian hostage in Syria. Because
the threat is essentially the same to us all, we must stand together to combat it."
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was set up in the summer of 2013 and made up
of the union federation UGTT, the employers’ institute, the Tunisian human rights
league and the order of lawyers. It set out a roadmap for the transition to democracy
and peace, winning widespread support from the people of Tunisia.
To celebrate the award of the Nobel Peace Prize and to affirm Tunisia’s strong
commitment to peace and democracy, Tunisia has released a video. You can see it
There is also a social media campaign which is accompanying it, for
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