The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the highest honors one can receive in a lifetime. The prize was originated when Alfred Nobel signed his dying will and gave the largest portion of his wealth to a series of prizes on Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace – the Nobel Prizes. Between 1901, and present day of 2011, 549 Nobel Peace Prizes have be awarded to exceptional men and women. In the past ten years, this prize has been occupied by outstanding topics. In 2001, the United Nations and Kofi Annan received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in organizing and making a better, more peaceful world. In his lecture, after receiving the prize, Annan said this:
“We have entered the third millennium through a gate of fire. If today, after the horror of 11 September, we see better, and we see further – we will realize that humanity is indivisible. New threats make no distinction between races, nations or regions. A new insecurity has entered every mind, regardless of wealth or status. A deeper awareness of the bonds that bind us all – in pain as in prosperity – has gripped young and old.”
Through the past ten years, these men and women have put all their effort into world-changing programs.