Kofi Annan: Guiding the United Nationsby Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
In 2001, Kofi Annan and the United Nations organization received the Nobel Peace Prize. As the secretary-general of the United Nations, Annan was recognized for his work "for a better organized and more peaceful world." In bestowing the prize, the Nobel committee said Mr. Annan "had been pre-eminent in bringing new life to the organization." As the seventh secretary-general, Annan worked to revitalize the organization by strengthening its traditional role in the areas of development and the maintenance of international peace and security. Born in Kumasi, Ghana, in 1938, Annan has carried the lessons of his homeland's struggle for independence throughout his life. He joined the United Nations in 1962 and received many special assignments before his appointment to secretary-general in 1997.
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