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UNICEF Nobel Prize Medal Replica,
Scroll and Wall sheet, 1965

Two decades of service to children culminate on 26 October 1965 when UNICEF is awarded the 1965 Nobel Peace Prize for "fulfilling the condition of Nobel's will, the promotion of brotherhood among the nations“ and emerging on the world stage as a “a peace-factor of great importance.”

UNICEF had increasingly became a world-wide symbol for cooperation involving the international community, governments and people in a global partnership to take advantage of substantial opportunities for improving the lives of the world’s poorest children.
The international action promoted by UNICEF was forging a link of solidarity between rich and poor nations and was helping fulfill Alfred Nobel’s dream of world peace.


UNICEF Executive Director Henry Labouisse's acceptance speech

The Executive Director of UNICEF, Henry R. Labouisse. elaborating on this theme, stated: “To all of us in UNICEF the prize will be a wonderful incentive to greater efforts in the name of peace. You have given us new strength. You have reinforced our profound belief that each time UNICEF contributes. however modestly, to giving today’s children a chance to grow into useful and happier
citizens, it contributes to removing some of the seeds of world tension and future conflicts.”

Referring to the more than 120 government who contributed on a voluntary basis to UNICEF’s budget and almost the same number receiving UNICEF’s assistance he said “Such world-wide cooperation contributes, in itself, to a better understanding within the family of Man. But to me, the great, the most important meaning of this Nobel award is the solemn recognition that the welfare of today’s children is inseparably linked with the peace of tomorrow’s world. The sufferings end privations to which I have referred do
not ennoble: they frustrate and embitter. The longer the world tolerates the slow war of attrition which poverty and ignorance now wage against 800 million children in the developing countries, the more likely it becomes that our hope for lasting peace will be the ultimate casualty.”  


Danny Kaye, UNICEF Ambassador, at the Nobel Awards Ceremony.

This theme was reiterated by the United Nations General Assembly when in its 1966 resolution on UNICEF it applauded the Nobel Peace Award to UNICEF “which reinforces understanding of the importance for peace in the world of the welfare and recovery of children in a spirit of friendship among nations”.

On exhibit below are the original telegram and letter awarding UNICEF the Nobel Prize from the Nobel Committee (click to access larger size), a replica of the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Scroll and a UNICEF wall sheet commemorating the Prize, also available in a higher resolution version.


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"URGENT THE NOBEL COMMITTEE OF THE NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENT HAS TODAY AWARDED TO UNICEF THE NOBEL PEACEPRIZE FOR 1965 STOP MUST NOT BE PUBLISHED TIL 6 PM NORWEGIAN TIME STOP LETTER FOLLOWS" 
           -25 October 1965


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"Compassion Knows No National Boundaries"
"Everyone has understood the language of UNICEF...Even the most reluctant person is bound to admit that in action UNICEF has proved that compassion knows no national boundaries. Aid is given to all children without any distinction of race, creed, nationality or political conviction...UNICEF has become an international device capable of liberating hundreds of millions of children from ignorance, disease, malnutrition and starvation...The aim of UNICEF is to spread a table decked with all the good things that Nature provides for all the children of the world...UNICEF offers young people an alternative worth living and working for, a world of freedom for all people, equality between all races, brotherhood among all men."

                          From Nobel Citation Awarding UNICEF
                          Nobel Prize for Peace, 1965

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