He will instead be represented at the ceremony by his father Lonnie Snowden, US whistle blower and RLA Laureate Daniel Ellsberg, and Edward Snowden's German lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck. Organisers are hopeful, however, to set up a live link with Snowden from Moscow, where he is currently situated.
The ceremony will take place in the Swedish Parliament on December 1st.
The other 2014 winners, Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, UK (Honorary Award), Asma Jahangir a human rights lawyer from Pakistan, Basil Fernando from Asian Human Rights Commission and Bill McKibben the co-founder of the 350.org movement will be there, the organisation says.
The right Livelihood Award are sometimes called the "alternative Nobel prizes" and have been awarded annually since 1980.