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V ICES
By Elaina Loveland

A Champion for Development, Security,
and Human Rights

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An interview with Kofi Annan

OFI A. ANNAN was the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations, serving two

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terms from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff.
In 2001 Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the
citation praising his leadership for “bringing new life to the organization.
”
Since leaving the United Nations, Annan has continued to work for better policies to meet
the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, with a strong emphasis on Africa. Through the
Kofi Annan Foundation, he remains active in mediation and conflict resolution activities,
and is a strong advocate for good governance, the rule of law and human rights. In early 2008
Annan led the African Union’s Panel of Eminent African Personalities, which negotiated a
peaceful resolution to Kenya’s political crisis following disputed elections in 2007.
Annan is the Li Ka Shing Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National
University of Singapore. He is also chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
(AGRA), the Africa Progress Panel (APP), and an active member of The Elders. Annan is a
board member, patron, and fellow of a number of organizations and universities, including
the United Nations Foundation.

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IE: How did your personal experience as an international student studying at Macalaster College in
Minnesota, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Graduate Institute of International
Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, influence your
personal philosophy and career?
ANNAN: By my early twenties I was fortunate enough
to have studied on three continents: Africa, Europe,
and the United States. These experiences broadened
my mind. They allowed me to understand and respect
other cultures.
Having grown up in Ghana, I had never experienced winter. So when I went to Minnesota and the
temperatures began to drop, my classmates at Macalester recommended that I get ear muffs. I thought
they looked silly and chose to ignore their advice…
until it got so cold I had the feeling my ears were going
to freeze and fall off.

The lesson I took away from that experience was
never to walk into a situation believing you know better than the natives. Keep an open mind. You have to
listen and look at how they do things. Otherwise you
can make some very serious mistakes.
IE: What was your proudest accomplishment

when you served as secretary-general of the United
Nations?
ANNAN: The Millennium Summit of 2000. It was
a watershed moment in international affairs: for
the first time in history, the world’s most powerful
leaders chose to focus on the needs of the poorest.
They embraced an ambitious framework to improve the conditions of the poor around the world,
which became the Millennium Development Goals.
Those goals have spurred countries to make huge
strides and have been embraced by a wide range of



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From the Editors
Front Lines
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Voices: Kofi Annan
Peace Pathways
Shared Solutions
San Francisco State Shines in Long-Term Study Abroad
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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