Kofi Annan, UN clinch Nobel Peace Prize

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ghanaian-born UN secretary general Kofi Annan and the world body itself have been awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
Announcing the award Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Annan and the UN were being honoured in recognition for their effort at forging "a world that was better organised and peaceful.
" While acknowledging Annan's length of service within the UN administration, the five-man Committee also said credit was due the UN too, as the only credible forum and platform for negotiating world peace and cooperation.
It was the first time in its 56-year history that the world organisation was being honoured with the award, and the second time a UN scribe was winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
The prize was posthumously awarded Dag Hammarskjoeld of Sweden in 1961.
The award, which is into its centenary anniversary this year, comprises a certificate, gold medal and a cheque of about 950 000 US dollars.
The award ceremony has been slated for 10 December in Oslo, and would be attended among dignitaries by previous laureates.

12 october 2001 14:10:00

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