12 Achievements Of Kofi Annan You Need To Know About

His Excellency Kofi Annan died in Switzerland, this Saturday morning after a short illness.

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Here are 12 achievements of the illustrious son of Ghana:

  1. Kofi Annan emerged from the ranks of United Nations staff to serve as the Secretary-General of the UN.
  2. He served as the seventh UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006.
  3. He launched the Global Compact campaign in 1999, which is the biggest initiative for promoting corporate social responsibility
  4. He and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.
  5. He championed the establishment of a comprehensive reforms program aimed at revitalizing the UN.
  6. He was a passionate advocate of human rights, and a strong believer in the universal values of equality, tolerance and Human dignity
  7. He was integral in the establishment of two new intergovernmental bodies; the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council in 2005.
  8. He again played an integral role in the creation of the Global Funds to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  9. He also advocated for the Millenium Development Goals in Africa, the rule of law and human rights.
  10. He strongly opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iran’s nuclear program.
  11. He was appointed as the joint UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria in an attempt to deal with the ongoing conflicts there.
  12. In 1998, he established the Kofi Annan International PeaceKeeping Training center in Accra, Ghana, which provides training and research in peacekeeping and peace operations.

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