Kofi Annan is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. During his time at the helm the UN he strengthened its peace keeping activities, initiated the Millennium Development Goals and supported efforts for states to recognise a responsibility to protect people from genocide and war crimes. Annan was also instrumental in diplomatic initiatives addressing violence in Nigeria and Timor-Leste. Since leaving the UN, Annan has worked as the Chairman of the African Union Panel of Eminent African Personalities to support the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process. In 2001 Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world.
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