Kofi Annan: The Secular Pope


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Kofi Annan: The Secular Pope

  1. 1.  Name :- Kofi Atta Annan  Date Of Birth :- 8th April 1938  Nationality :- Ghanaians  Country :- Ghana also Known as Golden Coast During British Rule  Place Of Birth :- Kumasi ,Golden Coast  Name of Sister :- Eufa Atta  On 4 September 2012, Annan published his memoir, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
  2. 2.  From 1954 to 1957, Annan attended the elite Mfantsipim school, a Methodist boarding school in Cape Coast founded in the 1870s.  1957, the year Annan graduated from Mfantsipim, the Gold Coast gained independence from Britain and began using the name "Ghana".  In 1958, Annan began studying economics at the Kumasi College of Science and Technology, now the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Ghana.  He received a Ford Foundation grant, enabling him to complete his undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, in 1961.
  3. 3.  Annan then did a DEA degree in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1961–62.  he studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management 1971–72 in the Sloan Fellows program and earned a Master of Science M.S. degree.  Annan is fluent in English, French, Akan, some Kru languages and other African languages.
  4. 4.  In 1962, Kofi Annan started working as a Budget Officer for the World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations.  From 1974 to 1976, he worked as the Director of Tourism in Ghana.  1980s, Annan returned to work for the UN, where he was appointed as an Assistant Secretary-General in three consecutive positions: Human Resources, Management and Security Coordinator 1987–1990; Program Planning, Budget and Finance, and Controller 1990–1992; and Peacekeeping Operations March 1993 – December 1996.  On 13 December 1996, the United Nations Security Council recommended Annan to the SecretaryGeneral, he started his first term as Secretary-General on 1 January 1997.
  5. 5.  In April 2001, Annan issued a five-point "Call to Action" to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Stating it was a "personal priority", Annan proposed a Global AIDS and Health Fund to stimulate the increased international spending needed to help developing countries confront the HIV/AIDS crisis.  During the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Annan called on the United States and the United Kingdom not to invade without the support of the United Nations.  Annan and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disagreed sharply on Iran's nuclear program.
  6. 6.  Annan supported sending a UN peacekeeping mission to Darfur, Sudan. He worked with the government of Sudan to accept a transfer of power from the African Union peacekeeping mission to a UN one.  Annan also worked with several Arab and Muslim countries on women's rights and other topics.  Kofi Annan supported his deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown, who openly criticized the United States in a speech on 6 June 2006.  Kofi Annan witnessed the United Nations General Assembly's passage of UN Resolution 61/225, to establish World Diabetes Day.
  7. 7.  Upon his return to Ghana, Annan was immediately suggested as a candidate to become the country's next President.  In 2007, Annan was named chairman of the prize committee for the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, was chosen to lead the new formation of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.  appointed president of the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva  Annan serves as Chair of The Elders, a group of independent global leaders who work together on peace and human rights issues.  Kofi Annan was appointed the Chancellor of the University of Ghana in 2008.  On 23 February 2012, Annan was appointed as the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria.
  8. 8.  In 1965 Kofi Annan married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman from a well-to-do family.  Several years later they had a daughter Ama and later a son Kojo. T  he couple separated in the late seventies.  In 1984 Annan remarried to Nane Lagergren - a Swedish lawyer at the U.N. and niece of Raoul Wallenberg.
  9. 9.  2001: Nobel Foundation, The Nobel Peace Prize.  2002: winner of the "Profiles in Courage Award“.  2003: Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.