Kofi Annan Biography

Kofi Annan was born on 8 April 1938 alongside his twin sister Efua Atta, who died in 1991. He is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela. Kofi got married to Titi Alakija which lasted between 1965–1983 and later he married Nane Lagergren in 1984.

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Elite Mfantsipim school, a Methodist boarding school in Cape Coast from 1954 to 1957

Kumasi College of Science and Technology, now the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Ghana – 1958, completed it at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

Diplôme d’études approfondies DEA degree in International Relations at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland – 1961

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When he was the Secretary-General, Annan reformed the UN bureaucracy; worked to combat HIV, especially in Africa; and launched the UN Global Compact. He has been criticized for not expanding the Security Council and faced calls for resignation after an investigation into the Oil-for-Food Programme. After leaving the UN, he founded the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to work on international development. In 2012, Annan was the UN–Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, to help find a resolution to ongoing conflict there. Annan quit after becoming frustrated with the UN’s lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution. In September 2016, Annan was appointed to lead a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis