The Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2001, awarded in two equal portions the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations and the then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in recognition of their work for a better organised and peaceful world. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize was the first by the Committee to establish the fact that the only negotiable route to Global Peace and Cooperation lies with the United Nations. Prior to the award ceremony at Oslo City Hall in Norway on December 10, 2001 radio Ghana’s former Deputy Director of Radio Ghana Kumah Drah, caught up with Mr Annan, via a telephone interview. The interview bordered on the award, Peace in a Unipolar World and prospects of Africa’s development.
Why Kofi Annan won the Nobel Peace Prize?
Kofi Annan was awarded the Peace Prize for having revitalised the UN and for having given priority to human rights. The Nobel Committee also recognized his commitment to the struggle to contain the spreading of the HIV virus in Africa and his declared opposition to international terrorism.
Kofi Annan died at age 80 in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday, August 18, surrounded by his wife, Nane Maria, and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina.