Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against crime in the Big Apple. "It's not just peacemakers and mediators who win the prize nowadays. Humanitarian efforts are also rewarded," a former Swedish MP and ex-consul general in New York, Olle Wästberg, said. In a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Wästberg wrote: "The principal motive is that Giuliani symbolizes the civic contributions that led to New York becoming one of the safest cities in the world." He said that compared to 1994 when Giuliani took office, there were now 10,000 fewer murders, 15,000 fewer women raped and 800,000 fewer families and businesses suffered from theft or burglary. "I believe that he has, through his political efforts, saved more human lives than most people alive today," Wästberg said. Giuliani's nomination will come too late for the 2005 edition of the prize, to be announced in October. Candidates' names must be sent to the Nobel Committee in Oslo and postmarked by February 1 each year. Those entitled to submit nominations for the prize include past laureates, current members of parliament and cabinet ministers from around the world and some university professors.