Facts about Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan died at 80 years old
Born: April 8, 1938
Died: August 18, 2018
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
Best known as: The 7th U.N. Secretary-General, 1997-2006

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Kofi Annan Biography

Kofi Annan was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 through 2006. He succeeded Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt in the post, and was followed by Ban Ki-moon of South Korea.

Kofi Annan was a U.N. veteran who took his first job with the organization in 1962 and worked his way up through various posts, including Deputy Director to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (1980-83) and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping (1995-96).

Annan was the first Secretary-General chosen from the ranks of the U.N.’s staff. He was also the first black man to hold the post and the second African (after Boutros-Ghali).

In 2001 Annan and the United Nations were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their ongoing work in global peace and cooperation. Annan was elected for a second five-year term in 2001, and served until the end of 2006. He was succeeded on January 1, 2007 by Ban Ki-moon.

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Kofi Annan “pronounced his last name ANN-un to rhyme with ‘cannon,'” according to a 2018 obituary in The Washington Post… Kofi Annan attended Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1961… He was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in 1971-72, receiving a Master of Science degree… Kofi Annan’s wife Nane Annan, a lawyer and artist, is from Sweden… Previous Secretaries-General were: Trygve Lie (Norway), 1946-52; Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden), 1953-61; U Thant (Myanmar, formerly Burma), 1961-71; Kurt Waldheim (Austria), 1972-81; Javier de Perez de Cuellar (Peru), 1982-91; Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Egypt), 1992-96.


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