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Kofi Annan

Chairman and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation

Kofi Annan – biography

Kofi Annan was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006, and the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, which seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. Learn more about the life of Kofi Annan below.

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Rest in Peace

“Long after he had broken barriers, Kofi never stopped his pursuit of a better world, and made time to motivate and inspire the next generation of leaders.” 
– Barack Obama 

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Published Works

  • Interventions - A Life in War and Peace

    Kofi Annan’s official memoirs

    During over forty years of service in the United Nations, the last ten as Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has been at the centre of the major geopolitical events of our time. As much a memoir as a guide to world order, Interventions provides a unique, behind-the-scenes view of global diplomacy during one of the most tumultuous periods in UN history.

  • We the Peoples - A UN for the 21st century

    A collection of Kofi Annan’s greatest speeches

    We the Peoples is a collection of Kofi Annan’s greatest speeches. It reveals how Kofi Annan‘s ideas and priorities emerged and were proclaimed. His words on war, peace, humanity, and ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ continue to resonate and offer many pointers for maintaining and developing the UN as a vital instrument for humanity in coming decades.

  • The Collected Papers of Kofi Annan

    Hardcover, 800 pages, English

    To provide a comprehensive understanding of Kofi Annan’s tenure as UN Secretary-General from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006, a team led by Professor Jean Krasno assembled thousands of selected papers from his period in office, including speeches, reports, interviews, off-the-cuff comments, correspondence, statements to the press and internal notes. This is the first time that the papers of the UN.