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The Collected Papers of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

The Kofi Annan Foundation has compiled selected speeches and quotes from Kofi Annan’s extensive life and career. Some of Kofi Annan’s most celebrated and impactful quotes can be found within our Kofi Annan Quote Library, and we have selected 20 of Kofi Annan’s most important speeches.

In addition, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York (CCNY), under the direction of Dr Jean Krasno, has published the Collected Papers of Kofi Annan, who served two five-year terms as UN Secretary-General, spanning ten years from January 1997 to December 2006.

Under Dr Krasno’s direction, the research team read all of Kofi Annan’s papers in the public domain, including speeches, remarks, press conferences, reports to the Security Council, noon briefings, statements, and also declassified papers released to the project by the UN to build a database for publication.  A five-volume set of books in print was published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in 2012 entitled The Collected Papers of Kofi Annan: UN Secretary-General 1997-2006.

The Collected Papers: A Digital Compendium

Dr Krasno and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership have published an online library of the Collected Papers of Kofi Annan*, including the selected papers in their original format: letterhead, handwritten notes, internal memos and so forth. Some additional declassified documents are included that did not appear in the books.  In addition, this online set includes selected speeches, interviews, op-ed articles and photographs from the UN Photo Library that illustrate Kofi Annan’s work as Secretary-General.  The project also contains handwritten notes by Kofi Annan, typed out as a transcription of the note’s content to make them more readable. When Kofi Annan has used initials to refer to a particular person, the research team have added, in parentheses, the person’s full name.

A still from the website of The Selected Papers of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 1997-2006. Click the image to visit the free, accessible online resource*.

In the publication of these papers, Dr Krasno and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership have created a curated set of Kofi Annan’s work that can be used for reference, research and teaching.

Global digital availability of the Secretary-General’s papers makes the work of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations more available to the public beyond the confines of the institution, allowing scholars, diplomats, and the general public to explore with more clarity the inner workings, not only of the Secretary-General’s office but through his work, the UN’s departments and subsidiaries. Much of the UN’s work and issues taken up by the Organization are reflected in letters from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) to heads of state, foreign ministers, and civil society.

*The selection and presentation of documents and other material included in these Collected Papers is the sole responsibility of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.

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