United Nations and the Nobel Peace Prize

1981 - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

“The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees has, in the opinion of the [Nobel] Committee, carried out work of major importance to assist refugees, despite the many political difficulties with which it has had to contend… the activities of the Office of the High Commissioner serve the interests of humanity and peace as well”. At his speech at the Nobel Lecture, the High Commissioner Poul Hartling said, “I appeal to each and everyone. Let us never cease to feet compassion for those in want. Let us never tire of helping the victims of injustice and oppression. He who puts his faith in the restoration of human dignity cannot be wrong”.