Teenage education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has been awarded the EU's Sakhrov Prize for freedom of thought at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this morning.
Before the ceremony, Malala met with Birmingham MEP, Phil Bennion and members of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, who nominated her for the prize.
Mr Bennion said:
"Malala is an inspiration for millions. We nominated her for the European Union's highest award not only for her incredible work before she was brutally attacked, but for the tremendous courage she has shown since in continuing to fight for girls' right to education around the world."
Sir Graham Watson, a Liberal Democrat MEP and leader of ALDE, said:
"This prize is not just for Malala but for the millions of other girls and boys worldwide, Muslim and non-Muslim, who like her have been denied their universal right to education. She now personifies the fight for that right with her 'weapons of books and pens'."
Malala Yousafzai has congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on their winning the Nobel Peace Prize. She said:
"The OPCW is an important organisation working on the ground to help rid the world of chemical weapons.
I would like to congratulate them on this much-deserved global recognition. I would also like to thank the people and media in Pakistan, and those from all over the world, for their support, kindness and prayers.
I will continue to fight for the education for every child, and I hope people will continue to support me in my cause."
Malala Yousafzai has expressed her desire to become her country's prime minister.
The 16-year-old Pakistani girl made her comments in an interview with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Asked if she wanted to be a doctor or a politician, she said she had initially wanted to be a doctor, but had learned she could help people more as prime minister. She said:
"I can spend much of the budget on education."
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it has awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to the OPCW, as it wants to contribute to the continuation of the elimination of the world's chemical arsenal.
By awarding the OPCW, the Norwegian Nobel Committee seeks to contribute to eliminating chemical weapons. #NobelPeacePrize
OPCW is an independent, autonomous, international organization w a working relationship with United Nations #NobelPeacePrize
Recent events in Syria, ...have underlined the need to enhance efforts to do away with such weapons. #NobelPeacePrize
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
Education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, has missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize, after it was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
More to follow.
The Pakistani schoolgirl targeted by the Taliban for her campaigning work is in line for another major honour.
Malala Yousafzai is the favourite to walk away with the Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced today.
If she wins, she will join the likes of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, and the European Union itself, who have all won the coveted prize in the past.
The Sakharov Prize, awarded to Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, is an honour awarded by the European Parliament.
Set up in 1988, it is designed to honour "exceptional" people who show courage in defending human rights and freedom of expression.
Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has won the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded by the European Parliament.