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  UN wins Nobel Peace Prize
Updated 12 October 2001, 18.26
Kofi Annan
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations and its leader Kofi Annan.

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Nobel Peace Prize
Prize named after Alfred Nobel
He was the Swedish inventor of dynamite
Prize is worth 650,000
It's awarded every year
The important annual prize was given for the UN's work for a better-organised and more peaceful world.

In his first reaction to winning the award, Mr Annan said: "It's a wonderful feeling and a great encouragement for us and the organisation."

Early morning call

Kofi Annan, who's from Ghana, was woken at five o' clock in the morning to be told of the award.

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United Nations
UN has 50,000 employees
Headquarters in New York
Founded in 1945
189 countries belong
He said that usually when he got an early-morning call, it meant bad news.

Previous winners of the prize include the Dalai Lama and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.



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