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Kofi Annan

This individual is not a direct affiliate of the Berkley Center.

Kofi Annan of Ghana served as the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. Annan’s career began in 1961 in the World Health Organization. During the 1980s Annan was appointed assistant secretary-general of various UN committees, including peacekeeping operations. Elected as UN secretary-general in 1997, Annan worked to strengthen UN peacekeeping operations and enhance the influence of the International Court of Justice. In 2001, Annan proposed a global fund to help developing countries combat their HIV crises and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Annan also vociferously cautioned against religious insensitivity, insisting that international cooperation through the United Nations is critical for minimizing future conflicts. Additionally, Annan founded and spearheaded the Kofi Annan Foundation to support his ongoing work on African development and global peacekeeping; he became chair of the Elders in 2013. Most recently he served as the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria to broker a peace plan but was unsuccessful.
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