Has the UN ever been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
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Photographic reproduction of the 1988 Nobel Peace Medal. UN Photo 114493: Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to UN Peacekeeping Forces

In 2001, the United Nations, as an organization, and Kofi Annan, as Secretary-General, won the Nobel Peace Prize

The following list of Nobel laureates includes UN organizations, people who were UN officials at the time of the awarding of the prize, and people who worked at the UN as diplomats or international civil servants.

1950: Ralph Bunche, Acting UN Mediator in Palestine and Director of Trusteeship Division

1954: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

1957: Lester Pearson, President of the 7th session of the UN General Assembly

1961: Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary-General

1965: UNICEF (UN Children's Fund)

1969: International Labour Organization (ILO)

1974: Seán MacBride, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Commissioner for Namibia; jointly awarded with Eisaku Sato, Prime Minister of Japan

1981: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

1982: Alva Myrdal and Alfonso García Robles, diplomats involved at various times with the UN

1988: UN Peacekeeping Forces

2001: United Nations and Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General

2005: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA Director General

2007: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore, former US Vice-President

2008: Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, has held several UN appointments, including UN Commissioner for Namibia and UN Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo

2013: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)


In addition, several Nobel laureates have been appointed UN Messengers of Peace, including:

  • Elie Wiesel
  • Wangari Maathai
  • Malala Yousafzai

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