June 13, 2014
by William Hibbitts
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 ...[read more]
July 20, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
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 ...[read more]
July 9, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
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 ...[read more]
February 3, 2012
by Cody Harding
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, ...[read more]
December 13, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
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 ...[read more]
October 4, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
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 ...[read more]
August 30, 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi
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 " ...[read more]
October 8, 2009
by Brian Jackson
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 ...[read more]
October 5, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
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... ...[read more]
July 10, 2009
by Benjamin Hackman
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 ...[read more]

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