The United Nations and Secretary-General Kofi Annan Share the Nobel Peace Prize


On Friday, 12 October 2001, the United Nations and Secretary-General Kofi Annan were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001, in two equal portions, for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world. After receiving the news the Secretary-General said "It's a wonderful feeling and a great encouragement for us and the organization, for the work we have done until now. It's a great recognition for the staff." But, referring to the attacks against the United States of America, he said, "At the same time it is a great responsibility at such a difficult moment but reinforces us in pursuing the search for peace." Palestine and the UN extend very warm congratulations to both the United Nations and the Secretary-General.