Egil Aarvik

Egil Aarvik

Egil Aarvik (1912-1990), preacher, politician of the Christian People’s Party, and Newspaper Editor. Aarvik was Secretary of the Norwegian Home Mission Society (1934-1937), and he worked for the Society’s local branch in the City of Stavanger in 1940-1946. Egil was a journalist for Dagsavisa, a daily in the city of Trondheim in 1947-1950, and subsequently he became Editor of Folkets Framtid, the organ of the Christian People’s Party (1948- 1965).

From 1965 until 1971 Aarvik was Minister of Social Affairs in the non-socialist coalition government. In 1975-1990 Aarvik was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, serving as Committee Chairman (1982-1990). Aarvik, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, delivered the Presentation Speech on the occasion of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 1983 to Lech Wałęsa (Oslo, December 10, 1983).

This year’s Prize Winner has raised a burning torch, a shining name, the name of Solidarity.

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses,
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Thus begins the text of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights, a declaration which, with its definition of the concept of peace, forms the basis of the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to the Polish trade union leader, Lech Wałęsa. The campaign for human rights is, necessarily, an inseparable part of the struggle for peace.

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