15 Facts You Should Know About Late Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan served as the Chair of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security. The Commission was established in May 2011 as a joint initiative of the Kofi Annan Foundation and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
It comprised 12 eminent individuals from around the world, including Ernesto Zedillo, Martti Ahtisaari, Madeleine Albright and Amartya Sen, and aimed to highlight the importance of the integrity of elections to achieving a more secure, prosperous and stable world. The Commission released its final report: Democracy, a Strategy to Improve the Integrity of Elections Worldwide, in September 2012.
It was disclosed earlier this morning that Kofi Annan died at a Hospital in the Swiss city of Bern.
Kofi spend his life advocating for humanitarian peace. Tributes have poured in from every part of the world
Below are Top 15 Facts You Should know about late Kofi Annan
1. Kofi Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations. His term began on 1 January 1997
2. He joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the WHO in Geneva.
3. He served with the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa
4. He served on the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF II) in Ismailia
5. He served at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva
6. He also served at UN Headquarters in New York, as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management and Security Coordinator for the UN System
7. He was also the Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Budget, and Finance
8. In 1990, he also undertook a special assignment, to facilitate the repatriation of more than 900 international staff and the release of Western hostages in Iraq
9. He also led the first United Nations team negotiating with Iraq on the sale of oil to fund purchases of humanitarian aid
10. Before being appointed Secretary-General, Mr. Annan served as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (March 1993 – February 1994) and then as Under-Secretary-General (February 1994 – October 1995; April 1996 – December 1996)
11. Mr. Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938
12. He studied at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and completed his undergraduate work in economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A., in 1961
13. From 1961 to 1962, he undertook graduate studies in economics at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes études Internationales in Geneva.
14. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Kofi Annan was praised for being “pre-eminent in bringing new life to the organization.” (Norwegian Nobel Committee, October 2001)
15. He was married to Nane Annan, of Sweden. They had three children.