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KOFI ANNAN is a former Secretary-General of the UN and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from 1 Jan. 1997 to 31 Dec. 2006 and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with the citation praising his leadership for “bringing new life to the organisation”.
Since leaving the United Nations, Kofi Annan has continued to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa.
Mr. Annan serves as Chancellor of the University of Ghana, a Global Fellow at Columbia University in the U.S. and Li Ka Shing Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
One of Kofi Annan’s main priorities as Secretary-General was a comprehensive programme of reform aimed at revitalising the United Nations and making the international system more effective.
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