Kofi Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) from 1997 to 2006. During his tenure, Annan worked to promote peace, security, and development around the world, while also championing human rights and the rule of law. He was particularly active in addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty, and other global challenges.
Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, jointly with the United Nations, for his efforts to promote international cooperation and peace, and for his work to revitalize the UN’s role in global affairs. He was known for his leadership and diplomacy, as well as his commitment to addressing humanitarian crises and promoting sustainable development.
After leaving the UN, Annan continued to work on global issues through his own foundation, the Kofi Annan Foundation, which focused on promoting good governance, peacebuilding, and sustainable development. Annan was widely respected and admired for his dedication to public service and his efforts to promote peace and justice around the world.