In 60 years, the United Nations, its specialised agencies, related agencies, funds, programmes and staff were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize eleven times.
One agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees received the famous prize twice.
Two Secretaries-General, Kofi Annan and Dag Hammarskjold, were also honoured for their work by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
For one hundred years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to strengthen organized cooperation between states. The end of the cold war has at last made it possible for the U.N. to perform more fully the part it was originally intended to play. Today the organization is at the forefront of efforts to achieve peace and security in the world, and of the international mobilization aimed at meeting the world's economic, social and environmental challenges....[The] Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes in its centenary year to proclaim that the only negotiable route to global peace and cooperation goes by way of the United Nations.