Building peace in the minds of men and women

World Press Freedom Day 2016

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of the Republic of Finland

Martti Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician and noted mediator who was president of Finland (1994–2000). In 2000, Mr Ahtisaari established the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), an independent Finnish peace broker aiming to bring conflict parties around the same table. Between 2000 and 2008 he has engaged in various tasks involved in peace mediation and conflict resolution. In 2005 he facilitated the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. Between 14 November 2005 and 29 February 2008 Mr Ahtisaari acted as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2008 "for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts". In addition to his Nobel honour, Ahtisaari received the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in 2000 and the UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize in 2008.