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October 12th, 2001, 11:35 AM
Merry Merry,
In the midst of war..... I think it is not too soon to think about our cherished visions of peace......and how and when we see it happening........
This man just recently won the NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE ......... UN, Kofi Annan Win Nobel
Peace Prize

Friday, Oct. 12, 2001

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OSLO, Norway (AP) - The
United Nations and
Secretary-General Kofi
Annan won the Nobel
Peace Prize on Friday for
their efforts to achieve a
``more peaceful world.''

Annan, who has devoted
almost his entire working
life to the world body,
was lauded for ``bringing
new life to the
organization,'' that has
often taken great risks in
the promotion of human
rights and conflict
resolution since the end
of World War II.

Annan, who was woken
shortly after 5 a.m. in New York with the news, said he was humbled
and challenged. ``It honors the U.N. but also challenges us to do more
and do better, not to rest on our laurels,'' he said.

The prize winners were decided following the Sept. 11 terror attacks on
the United States and the citation specifically noted that Annan ``has
risen to such new challenges as HIV/AIDS and international terrorism,
and brought about more efficient utilization of the U.N.'s modest

The United Nations was cited for its work ``for a better organized and
more peaceful world.''

Geir Lundestad, the committee's secretary, noted that the winner was
picked Sept. 28 - 17 days after the terror attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon and almost a week into the U.S. military
response in Afghanistan. ``Of course, the committee was very aware
of that event,'' he said.

Nobel committee chairman Gunnar Berge said the United Nations and
Annan ``would have been relevant candidates no matter what but the
recent events make them more relevant,'' he said.

Annan has responded to the terror attacks by trying to galvanize an
international campaign under the U.N. umbrella to defeat terrorism. On
Thursday, President Bush suggested that the United Nations help
rebuild Afghanistan with help from the United States.

Annan said Friday that ``depending on what happens in Afghanistan,
the U.N. may have an important role there to play. But that will also
depend on the member states in terms of the kind of mandate we are
given and the resources and support that comes with it.''

Annan, born in 1938 in Ghana, became U.N. secretary-general in 1997.
He has been praised for his character, moral leadership, his focus on
conflicts in Africa and the Middle East and his efforts to combat AIDS.

He joined the United Nations in 1962 as an administrator with the World
Health Organization in Geneva. His U.N. career has been incredibly
varied with posts in Africa and Europe in almost every area of the
organization, from budget management to the head of U.N.

He was the first leader to be elected from the ranks of United Nations
staff, tapped for the top job after the United States lobbied to prevent
his predecessor, Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt, from taking a second

In an unprecedented vote of confidence, Annan was unanimously
reappointed to a second five-year term by the 189 U.N. member states
in June, six months before his first term expires on Dec. 31.

Annan's wife, Nane, told AP she was ``bubbling over with happiness
for my husband and for everyone working at the U.N.''

U.N. agencies and people connected to it repeatedly have won the
prize, but it had never gone to the world body itself.

U.N. spokeswoman Marie Heuze said in Geneva that the award was
particularly symbolic because it marked the 100th anniversary of the
Nobel Prize and came at a time when the United Nations is having to
work very hard to ensure the security of its staff.

Nearly 200 U.N. humanitarian workers have been killed in the past
decade and 1,650 U.N. peacekeepers from 85 countries have died in
the line of duty since 1948. Heuze said the prize was an ``honor of all
those who have been killed for the objectives and values of the U.N.''

The peace prize committee said it wanted to mark its centennial this
year by proclaiming that ``the only negotiable route to global peace
and cooperation goes by way of the United Nations.''

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other world leaders were quick to
offered their congratulations.

``No one and no organization is more deserving of this prestigious
award. And no better time for it to be announced, as we struggle to
bring to justice those who struck at the heart of the free world just
blocks away from the U.N. headquarters in New York,'' Blair said in a

The Nobel committee said the United Nations and Annan would share
the $943,000 award in equal parts.

Founded in 1945 by 51 nations, the United Nations has almost
quadrupled in membership, is richer and more diverse. It now employs
about 52,100 people at U.N. headquarters in New York and 29 other
organizations scattered around the globe.

Created in the aftermath of World War II as a shell-shocked world's
hope for peace, it remains the unique global gathering place for nations
rich and poor, large and small to try to settle international problems.

Last year, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung won the peace prize
for his reconciliation efforts with North Korea. No such peace efforts
stood out in media speculation this year.

Thirty-four past laureates were expected in Oslo for centennial
celebrations leading up to the Dec. 10 awards ceremony. Similar
celebrations are planned in Stockholm, Sweden, where the other Nobel
Prizes are awarded.

The prizes were created by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel in his will
and are always presented on the anniversary of his death in 1896.

The first Nobel Peace Prize, in 1901, honored Jean Henri Dunant, the
Swiss founder of the Red Cross.

This year's Nobels started Monday with the naming of medicine prize
winners, American Leland H. Hartwell and Britons Tim Hunt and Paul
Nurse, for work on cell development that could lead to new cancer

The physics award went Tuesday to German scientist Wolfgang Ketterle
and Americans Eric A. Cornell and Carl E. Wieman for creating a new
state of matter, an ultra-cold gas known as Bose-Einstein condensate.

On Wednesday, the economics prize went to Americans George A.
Akerlof, A. Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz for developing ways
to measure the power of information in a wide range of deals and
investments. On the same day, Americans K. Barry Sharpless and
William S. Knowles shared the chemistry prize with Ryoji Noyori of
Japan for showing how to better control chemical reactions used in
producing medicines.

V.S. Naipaul won the literature prize Thursday for his ``incorruptible
scrutiny'' of postcolonial society and his critical assessments of Muslim
Love and light

Earth Walker
October 12th, 2001, 11:48 AM
War -- what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'. Huh! Say it again.