On the 10th of December, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed, will receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to peace and international cooperation, especially for his effort to resolve the border conflict with the neighboring country of Eritrea. Apart from being a very special distinction, this medal has an additional emotional value: it will be a medal made of Fairmined Gold from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining.
Since 2015, the Nobel Peace Prize medal has been produced with responsibly mined gold from small-scale mining organizations certified under the Fairmined Standard, created by the Alliance of Responsible Mining, which contributes to their organizational, environmental and social development.
The initiative of the Fairmined gold medal was initiated by the Samlerhuset Group and Mint of Norway, producer of the Nobel Peace Prize since 1901, who have been promoting coins and medals made of Fairmined Gold to support responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations and generate a positive impact in mining communities in South America.
The gold used for the Nobel Peace Prize medal comes from small-scale mining organizations in Colombia and Peru, which have achieved, with effort and commitment, the Fairmined Certification.
For the industry, supporting the sector is an opportunity to empower miners to keep improving their practices, while progressively adding to the well-being of the mining communities.
The Nobel Prize Award ceremony will be held in Oslo, Norway on the 10th of December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.