ENG: Kofi Atta Annan (born 8 April 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, 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 of the Global AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people.
Since February 2012, Annan has been the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, to help find a resolution to ongoing conflict there.
Early years and education
Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana. 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 ...
Syria's transition from killing to talking will be messy, but it's the only way to avoid the horrors of civil war
The former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has reason to be proud of the Syrian ceasefire which, as a result of his persuasion and tireless travels to Moscow and Tehran, Turkey and Qatar, came into force on Thursday. It may well be breached here and there – the transition from killing to talking is bound to be messy; the violent emotions of a vicious year-long conflict will not easily be quelled – but it heralds, nevertheless, the beginning of a new political phase ...
Kofi Annan, the main architect of the Syria peace plan, said Tuesday that his monitors had recorded a slight improvement there since the cease-fire’s nominal start nearly four weeks ago. But he gave an otherwise bleak assessment, beseeching combatants on both sides to put down their weapons and acknowledging that his effort could fail.
In a private briefing for the UN Security Council and at a later news conference, Annan, the former secretary general appointed as special representative for the United Nations and Arab League, said the arrival later this month of the full contingent of ...
GENEVA (AP) - World powers share a "profound concern" that Syria could descend into civil war, international envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday, but nations remain committed to his six-point peace plan and have pledged to deploy 300 cease-fire monitors there by the end of the month.
He warned, however, that the world can't wait forever for the cease-fire plan to work, and noted that the bloodshed hasn't ended despite the truce.
Annan, who has been tasked by the United Nations and the Arab League with devising a solution to end Syrian President Bashar Assad's brutal crackdown on a popular ...
UN General Assembly Tries to Make Up for Security Council Deadlock on Syria The UN General Assembly Friday overwhelmingly agreed to a Saudi drafted resolution calling on the Assad government to take first steps to end military operations and implement an inclusive political transition to end the 17 month crisis. The resolution received the support of 133 member states of the UN body, with 12 votes against and […]
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Kofi Annan Resigns As Top UN Mediator in Syria UN Envoy Kofi Annan slams the Security Council for "finger-pointing" and "name calling" on Syria. (UN Photo/Violaine Martin)
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Killing Continues In Syria As UN Efforts Remain Stalled Instead, talk of arming Syrian rebels and charges of using chemical weapons vie with fears that militant religious groups are gaining in power and popularity.
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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – February 10, 2015 'The Elders' – including Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan – call for a 21st century overhaul of the United Nations.
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