Kofi Annan


Kofi Annan : biography

8 April 1938 – living

Annan served as Under-Secretary-General from March 1994 to October 1995. He was appointed a Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the former Yugoslavia, serving for five months before returning to his duties as Under-Secretary-General in April 1996.

Honours and awards


2000: Companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana
2000: Grand Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
2001: Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Star of Romania
2005: Grand Collar of the Order of Liberty (Portugal)
2006: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
2007: Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria
2007: Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) from Queen Elizabeth II (UK)
2008: Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany


2000: Kora All Africa Music Awards in the category of Lifetime Achievement
2001: Nobel Foundation, The Nobel Peace Prize, jointly presented to Kofi Annan and the United Nations
2002: winner of the "Profiles in Courage Award", given by the JFK Memorial Museum
2002: The American Whig-Cliosophic Society James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service.http://archives-trim.un.org/webdrawer/rec/552938/view/Item-in-KAA%20Schoolsuniversities%202002%20-%20oct.%20-%20dec..PDF
2003: Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2003: Freedom Prize of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation at the University of St. Gallen
2006: International World Order of Culture, Science and Education, Award of the European Academy of Informatization, Belgium
2006: Inter Press Service, for Annan’s lasting contributions to peace, security, and development
2006: Olof Palme Prize
2007: Wooden Crossbow, special award from the Swiss World Economic Forum
2007: People in Europe Award of Verlagsgruppe Passau
2007: MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Award for International Justice
2007: North-South Prize of the Council of Europe
2008: Peace of Westphalia Prize
2008: Harvard University Honors Prize
2008: Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize
2008: Peace of Westphalia Prize – Münster (Westfalen)
2008: Open Society Award – CEU Business School Budapest
2011: Gothenburg Award
2012: Confucius Peace Prize

Honorary degrees

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (Kumasi), Honorary Doctor of Science, 24 August 1998
  • United Nations Mandated University for Peace, Honorary President, 1999
  • Lund University, Honorary Doctor of Law, 1999
  • National University of Ireland, Doctor of Law, 22 January 1999
  • Technische Universität Dresden, doctor honoris causa, 27 April 1999
  • Howard University, honorary doctorate of humane letters, 8 May 1999
  • Comenius University in Bratislava, doctor honoris causa, 15 June 1999
  • University of Notre Dame, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, 21 May 2000
  • Seton Hall University, John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Honorary Doctorate, February 2001
  • Brown University, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, 28 May 2001
  • Liberty Medal International Selection Commission, Liberty Medal, 4 July 2001
  • Free University of Berlin, doctor honoris causa, 13 July 2001
  • Tilburg University, Honorary Doctorate, 2002
  • University of Alcalá, Doctor Honoris Causa, 9 April 2002
  • Northwestern University, Doctor of Laws, 21 June 2002
  • University of Pittsburgh, honorary Doctor of Public and International Affairs degree 21 October 2003
  • Ghent University (Belgium), doctor honoris causa 21 March 2003
  • Carleton University, Legum Doctor, honoris causa, 9 March 2004
  • University of Ottawa, Doctor of the University Degree, 9 March 2004
  • University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, 16 May 2005
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, doctor honoris causa, 12 October 2005
  • The George Washington University, Doctor of Public Service, 5 May 2006
  • University of Tokyo, Honorary Doctorate, 18 May 2006
  • Georgetown University, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, 30 October 2006
  • University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Max Schmidheiny Foundation Freedom Prize (originally awarded 2003, but postponed due to Annan’s illness), 18 November 2006
  • Princeton University, Crystal Tiger Award, 28 November 2006
  • King’s College London, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, 28 May 2008
  • University of Neuchâtel, Honorary Doctorate, 1 November 2008
  • Glasgow Caledonian University, Doctor of Laws, 18 November 2011