The United Nations Foundation announced today that Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations and winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, has joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“Kofi Annan is one of the world’s great moral leaders, was a great Secretary-Genera,l and is a tireless advocate for the United Nations’ life-saving work on behalf of peace and progress,” said Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of the UN Foundation’s Board of Directors. “He was present at the creation of the United Nations Foundation, and we are honored that he has accepted the invitation to join the Board.”
“I am delighted to join Ted Turner and the remarkable members of the UN Foundation Board to help advance the UN’s work around the world. The United Nations is the world’s platform for solving the great challenges of the 21st century – from war to HIV/AIDS, human rights to global climate change,” said Kofi Annan. “The UN Foundation allows people from all sectors – from all walks of life – to get involved in helping solve these problems. I am pleased that my service on the Foundation’s Board will allow me to continue to contribute to the UN’s mission of global peace, prosperity, opportunity, and justice.”
“One of the hallmarks of his tenure as Secretary-General was opening the UN to enhanced cooperation with business and civil society. We look forward to continuing to work with him to engage governments, NGOs, corporations, and other experts in solving the great global challenges facing the world,” said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation.
Kofi Annan was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 through 2006. He was a UN veteran who took his first job with the organization in 1962 and held a number of posts, including Deputy Director to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1980-83) and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping (1995-96). In 2001, Secretary-General Annan and the United Nations were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in global peace and cooperation. He was succeeded on January 1, 2007, by South Korean Ban Ki-moon.
Former Secretary-General Annan is a native of Ghana. He graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1961. He was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management from 1971 to 1972 and received a Master of Science degree.
Since leaving the United Nations, Kofi Annan has continued to advocate for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa.
About the UN Foundation
The UN Foundation, created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities, builds and implements public-private partnerships that address the world’s most pressing problems. Its partnerships and campaigns have global reach, and cut across diverse issue areas, including: protecting biodiversity and promoting sustainable development; providing insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria in Africa; and increasing access to technology for international humanitarian relief and public health workers.
Members of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors are: Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan; Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General Emeritus, World Health Organization; Ruth Cardoso, Chair, Comunidade Solidaria; N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies Limited; Hisashi Owada, Judge, International Court of Justice; Emma Rothschild, Professor of History at Harvard University and Fellow of King’s College, University of Cambridge, Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics; Nafis Sadik, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General; Ted Turner (Chairman), Chairman, Turner Enterprises; Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund; Andrew Young, Chairman, Good Works International; Yuan Ming, Director of the Institute of International Relations at Beijing University; and Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh.