Kofi Annan

Activist Type
Human Rights

Kofi Annan was a highly esteemed diplomat and the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1997 to 2006. Born on April 8, 1938, in Kumasi, Gold Coast (now Ghana), Annan dedicated his life to promoting peace, human rights, and global cooperation. Throughout his career, he played a pivotal role in shaping international relations and addressing global challenges. One of his notable achievements was his role in the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which has made significant strides in combating these deadly diseases. Annan was also recognized for his efforts in advancing the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight targets aimed at reducing poverty and improving living conditions worldwide.

Annan’s leadership during turbulent times earned him widespread admiration and respect. He played an instrumental role in mediating conflicts, including the peace negotiations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the resolution of the Iraq-Kuwait crisis. For his exceptional diplomacy, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Throughout his life, Kofi Annan remained committed to fostering dialogue, promoting human rights, and combating poverty and inequality. Even after his tenure as Secretary-General, he continued to work as a global advocate, establishing the Kofi Annan Foundation and undertaking various mediation and humanitarian missions worldwide. 

Artwork by
Eloïse Heinzer

I tried to create a portrait of Kofi Annan that was both fairly classical in its pose and surrounded by symbols. He is represented at his desk, serene and confident, with the UN flag as his halo, and I chose to evoke the hope for peace that he could represent, through the flight of doves on his suit.


Ghana Flag
March 6, 1957
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