Nobel Peace Prize winners of the past decade

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2013

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 94 times to 125 Nobel laureates between 1901 and 2012, including 100 individuals and 25 organizations. See gallery

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to the global chemical watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for its efforts to stop chemical warfare.

"The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law," the committee said. "Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons."

Read more: Global chemical watchdog group wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2012

A worker adjusts a European flag during a celebration at the Brussels' Jubilee Park to mark the expansion of the European Union to 25 from 15 states in April, 2004. The organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 for contributing to the advancement of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe over six decades.

 

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Nobel Peace Prize winners 2011

Nobel Peace Prize 2011 laureates Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee, Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf aknowledge the crowd from the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Oslo after receiving their prize at city hall. The award was for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2010

In this 2010 file photo, pro-democracy protesters hold a candle light vigil as they support recently jailed mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo, shown on a poster, in Hong Kong. Chinese officials warned the Nobel Institute that giving the peace prize to the jailed Chinese dissident would harm relations between Norway and China. The award was for his lengthy struggle for human rights in China.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2009

President Barack Obama, shown here greeting patrons at the Sink Restaurant & Bar in Boulder, Colo. in April, 2012, was awarded the prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
 

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2008

United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari, shown speaking during a press conference in 2007 after a meeting with a Kosovo negotiation group, was trying to pave the way for independence of the ethnic Albanian majority province of Serbia. He was awarded the Peace Prize for his work on several continents to resolve international conflicts.  

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2007

Former Vice President Al Gore speaks at the International CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas in April 2009. Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were awarded the prize for their efforts to educate the world on climate change.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2006

Professor Muhammad Yunus chats with guests at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall in April 2012. Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the prize for their efforts to create economic and social development.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2005

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, gives a press conference at Schiphol-airport in the Netherlands in 2006.  ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency were named because of their work in preventing the proliferation of nuclear energy for military purposes.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2004

Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Green Belt Movement in Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai, shown speaking in 2008 during the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York, was awarded the prize for her contributions to sustainable development and democracy.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2003

Shirin Ebadi, shown here making remarks to activists with the US Campaign For Burma during a 2007 protest near the Burmese Embassy in Washington. She was awarded the prize for her work in the area of human rights, particularly women and children.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2002

A member of the 'Council of Elders' Delegation, former President Carter is shown visiting the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan in 2010. The Elders, an independent council of retired world figures, visited the neighbourhood to speak with Palestinian residents whose homes are facing demolition. Carter was awarded the Peace Prize for his decades of effort toward bring peace, economic development and human rights to the world.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2001

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks on before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva in 2012. Kofi Annan was awarded the prize for his work toward a better organized and peaceful world.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 2000

Shown at his 1998 inauguration, president Kim Dae-Jung of South Korea was given the Peace Prize for his efforts at reconciliation with North Korea and for furthering the causes of democracy and human rights in Asia.