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
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
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.
Annan is fluent in English, French, Akan, some
Kru languages and other African languages.
In 1962, Kofi Annan started working as a Budget Officer
for the World Health Organization, an agency of the
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.
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.
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.
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
Annan serves as Chair of The Elders, a group of independent
global leaders who work together on peace and human rights
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.
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
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.