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Kofi Annan

Secretary General of the United Nations
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Net worth 2018: $5 Million
Residence: Comassie, Gold Coast
Country: Ghanaian
BirthDay: 8 April 1938
Sigh: Taurus
Height: 1.75 m
Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Macalester College, MIT Sloan School of Management, Mfantsipim School, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Kofi Annan was bornon 8 April 1938 in Comassie, Gold Coast, Ghanaian, is Secretary General of the United Nations. Kofi Atta Annan, a diplomat from the West African country of Ghana was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations (UN) staff to serve as the Secretary-General of the UN. He served as the seventh UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. The UN and Annan were jointly awarded the The Nobel Peace Prize 2001 "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world". While he was the Secretary-General, he prioritized the establishment of a comprehensive reforms programme aimed at revitalizing the UN. UN had traditionally been working in the areas of development and he worked for further strengthening this work. A passionate advocate of human rights, and a strong believer in the universal values of equality, tolerance and human dignity, Annan wanted to bring the UN closer to the people by reaching out to new partners, and thereby restore public confidence in the organization. He had a major part to play in the establishment of two new intergovernmental bodies: the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council in 2005. He also played a pivotal role in the creation of the Global Funds to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He strongly opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iran's nuclear programme. After his retirement from the UN in 2006, he returned to Ghana where he is involved with a number of African as well as global organizations.


$5 Million


His memoir “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace”, written with Nader Mousavizadeh was published in 2012


His second term as Secretary-General began on 1 January 2002 when his tenure was renewed


In 1998, he appointed a lady, Louise Frechette of Canada, as the first deputy secretary-general in an attempt to bring about more gender equality within the UN system


His first five-year term as the UN Secretary-General began on 1 January 1997 when he replaced outgoing secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt


In the 1980s, Annan returned to work for the UN as an Assistant Secretary-General in three consecutive positions: Human resources management and security coordinator (1987-1990); programme planning, budget and finance, and controller (1990-1992); and peacekeeping operations (1993-1996)


He took a short break from being an international civil servant when he worked as the director of tourism in Ghana from 1974 to 1976


Annan was previously married to Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman whom he divorced in the 1970s


Kofi Annan’s career with the UN began in 1962 when he joined as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva


He then undertook graduate studies in economics at the Institut universitaire des hautes �tudes internationales in Geneva, Switzerland from 1961 to 1962


He joined the Kumasi College of Science and Technology in 1958 for a degree in economics


"Ghana became the first British African colony to gain independence in 1957, the same year when Annan graduated from the Mfantsipim School


He attended the elite Mfantsipim School, a Methodist boarding school from 1954 to 1957

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