Secretary-General remarks to the staff of the United Nations on the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Award
Since 1901, the prize has been awarded to those who have made major contributions in the struggle for world peace. This year the United Nations and its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan were awarded Nobel Peace Prize for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.
I believe as we listened to the [Nobel] Citation『表彰;传令嘉奖』 we also realized the challenge, the challenge thrown to us by the Nobel Committee. I am sure we will rise up to the challenge.
When I was reappointed Secretary-General, one of our colleagues, Ibrahima Fall, was travelling through Africa, and he met an old man, an old man he didn't know. The old man said to him, I have a message for the Secretary-General - tell him we are happy that he is reappointed but he must take time to celebrate his achievements and successes to be able to focus on challenges ahead. In effect, it is the same message we are getting from the Nobel Committee, that there are challenges ahead. We have had some successes and failures, and they expect us to work hard and meet those challenges. This is an indispensable organization, but an organization that can only work because of the staff and their contribution and your dedication.
Our staff are often on the frontlines『前线』. In the past week alone we have lost about ten colleagues, in Georgia and in Afghanistan. And yet our staff keep at it. You are prepared to go to any corner of the world in the service of peace and the work of the United Nations.
Today that work has been recognized『表彰；公认』. We have won the Nobel Prize, and I think it is a shot in the arm that is really deserved and needed. I hope it will urge us forward and encourage all of us to tackle『处理；应付』 our tasks with even greater determination『决心；毅力』. I know as we press forward, we can count on the cooperation, the support and encouragement of our Member States『成员国』, because the UN is them, and the UN is us. I am sure that together, we will meet the challenges ahead.
I said this morning to the press that the world is a messy『混乱，麻烦的』 place, and unfortunately the messier it gets, the more work we have to do. And so to wake up to a morning like this, a morning of recognition, a morning of encouragement for all of us, is something that we should cherish. But we should cherish this in a sense of『在某种意义上』deciding to even try harder.
So, my good friends, let me say congratulations to all of you. Let me say that if the UN has achieved anything it is because of the work that you do, and your dedication, and we look forward to many more years of that kind of service. And who knows, if you keep at it, maybe some of you will see another Nobel Peace Prize.
If you are going to get that next Nobel Peace Prize, I think we had better go back to work.
This is an indispensable organization, but an organization that can only work because of the staff and their contribution and your dedication.
Today that work has been recognized.
I hope it will urge us forward and encourage all of us to tackle our tasks with even greater determination.
So, my good friends, let me say congratulations to all of you. Let me say that if the UN has achieved anything it is because of the work that you do, and your dedication, and we look forward to many more years of that kind of service.
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