Steinar Bryn and the Nansen Dialogue Network nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

The Minister of Education and Science in Bosnia And Herzegovina, Damir Mašić, has nominated the Nansen Dialogue Network to the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. In his letter of nomination, Mašić writes:

“Over the last 20 years the Nansen Dialogue Network has worked steadily, persistently to build up trust and confidence in local communities. In the most war torn communities in Europe after WW II, like Vukovar, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Bratunac, Srebrenica, Jajce, Zvornik, Prozor, Stolac, Kosovo Polje, Obilic, Mitrovica and Jegunovce Nansen Dialog stands for the rebuilding of trust, tolerance and integration.”

“I perceive their approach as community based peace building. The Nansen Dialogue Network is well known as one of the few organizations that have been able to build trust among Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks in B&H, among Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo, among Serbs and Croats in Croatia, among Macedonians and Albanians in Macedonia. Their multilevel approach from the grassroots and up has earned them respect from ordinary citizens as well as politicians. This is one reason why they are now being contacted by numerous international organizations, like the European Council; peacebuilding must happen on multiple levels.”

He also states that giving the prize to the Nansen Dialogue Network in 2014 would be a strong symbolic act as the network strives for a peaceful unification of the city of Sarajevo.

This is the 6th year in a row that the Nansen Dialogue Network is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.