Nobels Fredssenter

Har vi fortsatt en drøm?

28.08.2018 Av: Liv Tørres

Photo: Nobel Foundation

Photo: Nobel Foundation

«Jeg har en drøm», var den gjennomgående tonen i Dr. Martin Luther King jr.s mest berømte tale. I dag er det 55 år siden han holdt den talen. Og selv om mange vil tenke at talen først og fremst var et historisk retorisk mesterstykke, er talen vel så relevant i dag. Om ikke mer. Og da er det ikke først og fremst på grunn av retorikken. Eller det betimelige fokuset på rasisme og diskriminering, og at rasisme fortsatt er utbredt i dag. Heller ikke fordi det i år er 50 år siden fredsprisvinneren fra 1964 ble drept!

Roger Waters and Vera Lynn

22.08.2018 Av: Liv Tørres

“I’m just a simple rock ‘n roller,” he says, after talking about Palestine, the U.S., Syria and the state of the world. We’re at the Nobel Peace Center, in what is fair to call an intimate gathering, with the music-, singer- and composer-legend Roger Waters. He doesn´t do these things often, but here we are, discussing politics with a rock ‘n roller.

Roger Waters and Liv Tørres at the Nobel Peace Center 13 August 2018. (Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center)

Roger Waters and Liv Tørres at the Nobel Peace Center 13 August 2018. (Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center)

in memory-Kofi Annan

19.08.2018 Av: Liv Tørres

Photo: Nobel Peace Center

Photo: Nobel Peace Center

“We need better leaders and better leadership” said Kofi Annan when he last visited us. This was during my first days in my position at the Nobel Peace Center and I was star struck. Yet, Annan quickly made me feel at ease with his soft-spoken style, cool manner and natural unpretentiousness. This was not his first visit. In fact, Annan had previously popped by both announced and unannounced. It is said that the first time he came by, he just walked by with his wife, Nane, and asked at the entry whether there were special ticket prices for Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

The Legacy of Madiba

18.07.2018 Av: Liv Tørres

Photo: the Nobel Foundation

Photo: The Nobel Foundation

Born in a small village located on the banks of the Mbashe River, South Africa. Today, 100 years later, his birth is celebrated around the world. Nelson Mandela became a legend, a Messiah for millions of people. Humble, yet principled. Stubborn, yet eager to listen. A leader, but still a man of the people. In the northern hemisphere, Mandela is often seen as a man of forgiveness, as he spoke of reconciliation with whites after apartheid. In the southern hemisphere, however, he is seen as a representative of the African values of pride, humanism, democracy, and leadership.

Maximum wages are the next step in South African social dialogue

30.05.2018 Av: Liv Tørres

In April, South African union members protested against a proposed minimum wage. Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo: REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham)

In April, South African union members protested against a proposed minimum wage. Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo: REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham)

The minimum wage has received considerable attention over the past months in South Africa. And rightly so.  Half the population is living in poverty and about 20 per cent of those employed are living on wages below the minimum living level. Yet, while higher minimum wages are needed for the poor to regain trust in the future, there is also a high need for maximum wages for development to turn in the right direction. Some, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, are hoping for a social dialogue to provide a path forward to rebuild the economy and the nation. But it will never succeed without these two issues seen in relation to each other: lowest wages need to increase and top wages decrease.