16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired an global movement to fight climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

The activist, who was named one of TIME's Most Influential Teens of 2018, has inspired hundreds of thousands of students at schools around the world to hold strikes in an effort to urge their leaders to act.

Get push notifications with news, features and more. The politicians also noted that "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees". Freddy Andre Oevstegaard and two additional members of the Socialist Left Party in Norway have confirmed they submitted Thunberg's name to the Nobel Committee earlier this year, saying they believe "the massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution".

Thunberg said on Twitter that nearly 100 countries will be involved.

"Everyone is needed. Everyone is welcome", she wrote.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has 304 candidates, of which 219 are individuals and 85 organisations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month. Any person who meets the nomination criteria is considered.

The Nobel Peace Prize previous year went to Congo's Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Nadia Murad for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict", according to the Nobel Committee's ruling.

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The prize is announced in October and awarded in December in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

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