Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan – Biography

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Kofi Annan is Secretary-General of the United Nations. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize personally and jointly with the United Nations as an organization.

A native of Ghana, Annan has spent most of his life devoted to the UN and was elected to its highest post in 1996. His second term started on 1st January 2002.Annan is also the first black African Secretary General and the first to rise to the top position from within the ranks of the UN staff. Kofi Annan had previously worked in theUN’s Peacekeeping Department

As Secretary General , Mr. Annan has given priority to revitalizing the UN through a comprehensive programme of reform; strengthening the Organization’s traditional work in the areas of development and the maintenance of international peace and security; advocating human rights, the rule of law and the universal values of equality, tolerance and human dignity; restoring public confidence in the Organization by reaching out to new partners and, in his words, by “bringing the United Nations closer to the people”. The Secretary-General has also taken a leading role in mobilizing the international community in the battle against HIV/AIDS, and more recently against the global terrorist threat.

During the last 10 years the UN has faced many severed difficulties such asfinancial crisis,renewed terrorist threatsand unrelenting pressure from the US and other major powers. However despite thisKofi Annan has proved an innovative and independent Secretary General. He has worked hard to promote the fundamental values of the UN -advocation ofhuman rights, humanitarian aid and collective security.

Quote by Kofi Annan.

“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.”

- Nobel Prize acceptance Speech

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