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The Kofi Annan Name: Usage Rights

Safeguarding an Extraordinary Legacy

Kofi Annan is a protected name.

As was the wish of Kofi Annan and the Annan family, the Kofi Annan Foundation is committed to protecting the legacy of Kofi Annan in addition to honouring and promoting his values. The Foundation holds the rights to the name “Kofi Annan” to ensure that the use of the name is aligned with the values that Kofi Annan stood for.

Institutions and organisations wishing to use the name Kofi Annan for strictly non-commercial purposes can submit a request using the official request form and send it via email to the Foundation.

What is Required within the Application/Email submission

Interested parties should send an email with a PDF or Word document that includes answers to the below questions.

  • Description of the Applicant (including the legal form and country of seat/residence as well as a summary of activities undertaken by the Applicant in the past years);
  • Description of the project initiative (including all relevant details such as the purposes, activities, geographical scope, potential partners and the reason why the Applicant wishes to use the name “Kofi Annan” in relation to the project initiative);
  • How funds will be raised and/or revenue generated from this project initiative if applicable;
  • Copy of the exact expression and/or logo to be used in relation to the project initiative; and
  • Copies of statutes, documents of incorporation, the extract of the commercial registry, list of Board members or Directors.

Download Use of Kofi Annan name – Kofi Annan Foundation to get the above requirements in PDF format.

Anybody who wishes to make use of the name “Kofi Annan” is invited to submit this request to the foundation at the following address:

Download the request form

Reviewing Process / Further Information

The Kofi Annan Foundation will review each request and reply to each applicant as soon as possible. Please note that the Foundation reserves the right to decline a request without qualification. Due to the number of requests that we receive, there may be some delay before you receive a response.

If approved, the Applicant must send any branding and communication material (in print and/or digital formats, such as websites, leaflets etc.) related to the Applicant’s project initiative to the Foundation for approval prior to use.