U.S. President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his nascent yet ground breaking efforts at world diplomacy and his vision for a world without nuclear weapons.
Here's what the 108 year old Norwegian Nobel Committee had to say this morning:
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.