I depart convinced that today's United Nations does more than ever before, and does it better than ever beforeU.N. gives Annan thunderous send-off Dec 14, 2006
Whether there is a winner or not the purpose is to challenge those in Africa and across the world to debate what constitutes excellence in leadershipPrize for African leadership unclaimed Jun 15, 2010
The African Union should not abandon its promise to fight impunityHRW criticizes inaction against al-Bashir Jul 04, 2009
We are not doing nearly well enough. We are not on track to begin reducing the scale and impact of the epidemic by the year 2005, as we had promisedAnalysis: Worldwide AIDS goal out of reach Aug 02, 2004
Our current rules and regulations were designed for an essentially static secretariat, whose main function was to service conferences and meetings of member states, and whose staff worked mainly at headquartersAnnan proposes major U.N. overhaul Mar 08, 2006
Kofi Atta Annan /ˈkoʊfi əˈnɑːn/ (born 8 April 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding the Global AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people.
Kofi Annan was born in the Kofandros section of Kumasi, Ghana – in what was then the British colony of the Gold Coast. He is a twin, which has a respected status in Ghanaian culture. His twin sister Efua Atta, who died in 1991, shares the middle name Atta, which in Fante and Akan means 'twin'. Annan and his sister were born into one of the country's aristocratic families; both their grandfathers and their uncle were tribal chiefs.
In the Akan names tradition, some children are named according to the day of the week on which they were born, and/or in relation to how many children precede them. Kofi in Akan is the name that corresponds with Friday.