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Kofi Annan of Ghana is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first Secretary-General to be elected from the ranks of United Nations staff, he began his first term on 1 January 1997. On 29 June 2001, acting on a recommendation by the Security Council, the General Assembly appointed him by acclamation to a second term of office, beginning on 1 January 2002 and ending on 31 December 2006.[ UN ]


Report: West African governments should decriminalize drug use
June 13, 2014
West African governments should decriminalize drug use and treat it as a public health issue, according to a report published Thursday by the West Africa Commission on Drugs. The report also recommends that governments try to confront corruption so that traffickers cannot exploit corrupt officials....... [more]

Security Council extends UN mandate for Syria
July 20, 2012
The UN Security Council on Friday extended the UN monitoring mission in Syria for an additional 30 days. The mandate for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), deployed as part of the peace plan of UN Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, received a unanimous vote for a 30-day extension in the Se....... [more]

Syria president agrees to UN peace plan
July 9, 2012
UN Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Monday said that he had reached an agreement with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to end the violent conflict in the country. Annan, who met with Al-Assad on Monday, said the president was committed to ending violence in Syria and that he would continue to work....... [more]

Report concluded that Oil-for-Food head 'seriously undermined' UN integrity
February 3, 2012
On February 3, 2005, the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) released a report investigating the UN Oil-for-Food program. The program began to exchange Iraqi oil for food and medicine in 1996, despite international sanctions prohibiting such trading. The report concluded that the program's head, Ben....... [more]

UN General Assembly approved landmark disability rights treaty
December 13, 2011
On December 13, 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted by acclamation the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed the document as "the first human rights treaty to be adopted in the twenty-first century; the most rapidly negotiated human rights tr....... [more]

ICC, UN signed cooperation agreement
October 4, 2011
On October 4, 2004, Judge Philippe Kirsch, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan signed an agreement governing the relationship between the two institutions. The compact provided for an exchange of representatives, afforded the ICC observer status i....... [more]

Annan questions Kenya's ICC commitment after al-Bashir visit
August 30, 2010
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on Sunday urged Kenya to reaffirm its commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC) after it welcomed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to a celebration for the country's adoption of a new constitution last week. In his statement, Annan expressed his "su....... [more]

Togo court rules opposition candidate ineligible for presidential election
February 2, 2010
The Constitutional Court of Togo ruled Tuesday that presidential candidate Kofi Yamgnane is not eliglble to run in the February 28 election. Yamgnane was to face incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe of the ruling Rally of the Togolese People (RTP) party. The court rejected Yamgnane's bid over in....... [more]

Annan urges Kenya to establish tribunal for perpetrators of post-election violence
October 8, 2009
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on Wednesday urged Kenya to establish a local tribunal to prosecute those who perpetrated violence in the wake of the 2007 presidential elections. Annan made the remarks at the end of a three-day visit to Kenya to monitor the progress of the peace agreement an....... [more]

Annan urges Kenya constitutional reform before next election cycle
October 5, 2009
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on Sunday called for constitutional reform in Kenya before the next electoral cycle begins in 18 months. In addition to pressing for constitutional reform, Annan also said there was need for police and judicial reform. Annan's statements came during a trip....... [more]

Annan submits names of Kenya election violence suspects to ICC prosecutor
July 10, 2009
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Thursday delivered the names of those believed responsible for the post-election violence in Kenya in late 2007 and early 2008 to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Annan sent a sealed envelope to ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo despite a J....... [more]




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