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Kofi Annan reciving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001

Kofi Annan’s Nobel Peace Prize Medal and Diploma Donated to the UN Office in Geneva for permanent display

On 19 February 2024, Nane Annan, Board member of the Kofi Annan Foundation, donated her husband’s Nobel Peace Prize medal and diploma to the Institutional Memory Section of the UN Office at Geneva. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 2001 to Kofi Annan together with the United Nations “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world”.

Nane Annan’s Donation and Statement

Nane Annan donation of the Kofi Annan Nobel Peace Prize Medal and Diploma

Credit : UNOG Library Photo

As she signed the donation agreement at the Palais des Nations, Ms. Annan shared the following statement :

“My beloved husband entrusted me with one of his greatest achievements, the Nobel Peace Prize awarded him together with the United Nations in 2001. It is currently on temporary display at the UN Museum at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

After careful consideration and in line with his wishes, I have decided to donate the Nobel Medal and Diploma to the UN in Geneva and its Institutional Memory Section for it to be permanently displayed at the future Visitors’ Centre at the Portail des Nations.

My hope is that his legacy will continue to guide and inspire future generations towards a more peaceful and better world.

The Portail will provide the public with key insights into international cooperation and multilateralism, issues to which my husband devoted his life’s work, first at the United Nations and later at the head of his Foundation.”

The Portail des Nations is scheduled to open to the public in 2025. For more information on visiting the UN Museum in Geneva, where the Nobel Peace Prize is currently display, please visit UN Geneva website.


Kofi Annan’s Nobel Peace Prize: A Legacy of Peace

Kofi Annan receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001

Credit : UN Photo / Sergey Bermeniev

In 2001, Kofi Annan and the United Nations received the Nobel Peace Prize “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world”. This accolade not only honored their achievements but also highlighted the importance of unity and cooperation in addressing global challenges.

Kofi Annan’s Nobel Lecture offers insights into his vision for peace and the ideals he championed. You can read the Lecture at: Kofi Annan’s Nobel Lecture.

Nane Annan’s donation of Kofi Annan’s Nobel Peace Prize to the UN Office at Geneva ensures that his legacy of peace, diplomacy, and international cooperation continues to inspire and educate future generations.

Learn More about the Nobel Peace Prize 2001