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Working for a Better Organized and More Peaceful World: Resources of the UN Library & Archives Geneva

The Nobel Peace Prize 2001 was awarded jointly to United Nations (U.N.) and Kofi Annan "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

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Nobel Peace Prize 2001

" (...) for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world": read the Nobel Peace Prize 2001 press release

"The challenge ahead is to really move forward and work with governments and make sure there is true international cooperation and multilateralism": read Kofi Annan's reaction 

"All UN staff are proud that the 100th Nobel Peace Prize for the first time honours not only the Secretary-General but also the United Nations as a whole": read top UN officials' reaction

"Today, in Afghanistan, a girl will be born": read Kofi Annan's notes for his Nobel Lecture (from UN Archives) and watch the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

Notes used by Kofi Annan for his Nobel Lecture on
10 December 2001 (from UN Archives New York)

Ceremony Nobel Peace Prize 2001

Multimedia Resources

Kofi Annan's interview for World Chronicle in 2004.

Unveiling of Kofi Annan's portrait in the UN Headquarters: video

Kofi Annan discusses his book "Interventions: A Life in War and Peace" (2014) audio

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