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Michael Møller, 12th Director-General of the United Nations in Geneva, joins Kofi Annan Foundation Board

The Kofi Annan Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Møller, Former Director-General of the United Nations in Geneva, to the Board of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

“I am delighted to welcome Michael Møller to the board of the Foundation,” said board member Nane Annan. “Michael brings rich and valuable experience to the Foundation. He served as a respected and cherished Director-General of the United Nations, as the Foundation’s Executive Director from 2008 to 2011 and worked closely with Kofi for many years. He is a true friend.”

“It is with great pleasure that I have accepted the honour to be part of the Board of the Kofi Annan Foundation,” Mr Møller said. “Mr Annan was a great mentor to me and a friend of many years and being given a chance to help the Foundation protect, and build on, his legacy offers me a very welcome opportunity to pay back on the enormous debt of gratitude I owe him for his service to humanity and his extraordinary influence on my life. He was, and his memory and legacy continue to be, a guiding light to me as it is to so many of us.”

Kofi Annan with Michael Mœller during a visit to the Palais des Nations, Geneva of the Board of the UN Foundation. 13 May 2014. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Kofi Annan with Michael Mœller during a visit to the Palais des Nations, Geneva of the Board of the UN Foundation. 13 May 2014. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

“(Kofi Annan’s) legacy offers me a very welcome opportunity to pay back on the enormous debt of gratitude I owe him for his service to humanity and his extraordinary influence on my life. He was, and his memory and legacy continue to be, a guiding light to me as it is to so many of us.”

Alan Doss, President of the Kofi Annan Foundation, said: “On behalf of the staff, I am very pleased to welcome Michael Møller back to the Foundation. As a close and loyal colleague to Kofi Annan and as the Foundation’s former Executive Director, Michael’s counsel and advice will be precious as we strive to realise Kofi Annan’s vision for a fairer and more peaceful world.”

Mr Møller’s appointment is effective as of 1 July 2019.

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Photo: UN Photo/Antoine Tardy.

About Michael Møller

Mr Møller has over 40 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations. He began his career in 1979 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked for the United Nations in different capacities in New York, Mexico, Iran, Haiti, Cyprus and Geneva.

Mr Møller served as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference of Disarmament from September 2013 to July 2019. Prior to that, Mr Møller served as Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011.

In recognition of his efforts to deepen public understanding of the vital role of the United Nations and its partners in Geneva, Mr Møller received a series of prizes from the City of Geneva, the Union Suisse des Attachés de Presse and, most recently, the Fondation pour Genève.

Born in 1952 in Copenhagen, Mr Møller earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, the United States, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.