TKK Honorary Doctor Martti Ahtisaari to receive Nobel Peace Prize

13.10.2008

Former president of the Republic of Finland Martti Ahtisaari has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".

Throughout all his adult life, whether as a senior Finnish public servant and President or in an international capacity, often connected to the United Nations, Ahtisaari has worked for peace and reconciliation. For the past twenty years, he has figured prominently in endeavours to resolve several serious and long-lasting conflicts. In 1989-90 he played a significant part in the establishment of Namibia’s independence; in 2005 he and his organization Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) were central to the solution of the complicated Aceh question in Indonesia. In 1999 and again in 2005-07, he sought under especially difficult circumstances to find a solution to the conflict in Kosovo. (Source The Norwegian Nobel Committee Press release October 10, 2008.)

The Degree of Honorary Doctor of Technology of Helsinki University of Technology was conferred upon president Ahtisaari in 1998.

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