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Kofi Annan Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 April 1938Kumasi, Ghana
Birth NameKofi Atta Annan
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kofi Annan was born on April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana as Kofi Atta Annan. He has been married to Nane Anna Lagergren since 1984. They have one child. He was previously married to Titi Alakija.

Spouse (2)

Nane Anna Lagergren (1984 - present) (1 child)
Titi Alakija (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

His wife, Nane Lagergren, is related to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who helped thousands of Hungarian Jews escape from the Nazis during World War II.
His wife is Swedish.
Elected Secretary General of the United Nations in January 1997.
Re-elected for second term as Secretary General in January 2002.
Has two children from his first marriage, Koja and Ama. His third child Nina Cronstedt de Groot is from a prior marriage of his second wife Nane Maria.
Received Master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972.
Earned Bachelor's degree from Macalester College in Minnesota, USA in 1961.
Jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize with the United Nations "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful work" (10 December 2001).
The literal meaning of the name Kofi Annan is "Born on a Friday"
Born to Henry Reginald and Victoria Annan in the Konfandros section of Kumasi, Ghana. His twin sister Efua Atta died in 1991.
Kofi Annan also has a half-sister, Esi Arthur, who lives in Ghana. In addition, he has three half-nieces and one half-nephew.
He will be the commencement speaker at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he will be awarded an honorary doctorate for his services. [May 2005]

Personal Quotes (38)

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
If we can come up with innovations and train young people to take on new jobs, and if we can switch to clean energy, I think we have the capacity to build this world not dependent on fossil-fuel. I think it will happen, and it won't destroy economy.
We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.
We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.
I have always believed that on important issues, the leaders must lead. Where the leaders fail to lead, and people are really concerned about it, the people will take the lead and make the leaders follow.
The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world's people share the benefits of globalization.
On climate change, we often don't fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.
Unfortunately, very few governments think about youth unemployment when they are drawing up their national plans.
In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.
If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
Above all else, we need a reaffirmation of political commitment at the highest levels to reducing the dangers that arise both from existing nuclear weapons and from further proliferation.
Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.
There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole - women and men alike - than the one which involves women as central players.
What governments and people don't realise is that sometimes the collective interest - the international interest - is also the national interest.
Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.
In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.
I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people.
National markets are held together by shared values and confidence in certain minimum standards. But in the new global market, people do not yet have that confidence.
Time and again, when member states and the governments are faced with an insoluble problem, and they're under pressure to do something, that something usually ends up being referred to the U.N.
If the United Nations does not attempt to chart a course for the world's people in the first decades of the new millennium, who will?
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are conditions for development.
I don't share the view that the ICC is anti-African. The ICC is not putting Africa on trial. The ICC is fighting impunity and individuals who are accused of crimes.
The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost all the states in the world, is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being.
Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
The question is the morning after. What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing? What happens in the region? What impact could it have? These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed.
Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.
We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step.
When economic conditions are difficult, people tend to be less generous and protect themselves; the question of solidarity doesn't mean much to them at that time.

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