Interventions by Kofi Annan
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Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2001, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke to a world still reeling from the terrorist attacks of September 11. "Ladies and Gentlemen," proclaimed Annan, "we have entered the third millennium through a gate of fire. If today, after the horror of 11 September, we see better, and we see further - we will realize that humanity is indivisible. New threats make no distinction between races, nations, or regions." Yet within only a few years the world was more divided than ever - polarized by the American invasion of Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the escalating civil wars in Africa, and the rising influence of China.
"Avoiding the nebulous rhetoric of many political memoirs, Annan instead provides a peacemakers invaluable perspective on those crises as well as insight into the daunting challenges facing international diplomats in todays strife-ridden world." - Booklist
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Kofi Annan was the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations - serving two terms from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006 - and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. Annan has served the United Nations in various capacities since 1962, including working as the under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations and the special representative of the secretary-general to the former Yugoslavia. Born in Ghana in 1938, Annan is the first sub-Saharan African to hold the post of secretary-general. In 2001, Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with the citation praising Annans leadership for bringing new life to the organization.
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