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Kofi Annan's Vision and Leadership (04:05)


Kofi Annan was the first Secretary-General of the United Nations to rise from within the organization's ranks. He began his first term of office with the priorities of revitalizing the United Nations with several reforms and reestablishing trust in the organization.

Kofi Annan and the Crisis in Kosovo (01:50)

Kofi Annan quickly gained popularity as new Secretary-General of the United Nations by admitting the organization's past mistakes and by taking action on issues in Nigeria, East Timor, and the Middle East. His first term was mostly marked by the crisis in Kosovo.

The Millennium Summit (01:59)

Kofi Annan convened the Millennium Summit in September 2000 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The event led to ambitious objectives for international development and the fight against worldwide poverty.

September 11 Terrorist Attacks (01:49)

Shortly after election to a second term as United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan witnessed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center.

The Invasion of Iraq (02:14)

Months after the September 11 terrorists attacks on New York City, Kofi Annan and the United Nations received a Nobel Peace Prize. Annan expressed disappointment that the United States invaded Iraq before the United Nations could finish its mission there.

Attack on the United Nations in Baghdad (02:39)

On August 19, 2003 the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was attacked. Kofi Annan expresses his grief at losing 22 UN colleagues and one of his very close friends.

The AIDS Epidemic (03:20)

Kofi Annan asserts that the AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest crises humankind has faced. He calls on developed nations to intervene to stop the epidemic in Africa, Asia, and eastern Europe.

Rift Between the UN and USA (01:46)

Under Kofi Annan's leadership United Nations forces pursue missions to demilitarize, clear mines, restore peace, and protect vulnerable peoples around the world. When Annan deemed the 2003 war in Iraq illegal according to UN criteria relations with the United States became exceedingly strained.

Social Justice and Human Rights (03:40)

Kofi Annan's vision for the United Nations involved a strong leadership role for promoting development and social justice and for protecting human rights.

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Kofi Annan: UN Secretary-General, 1997-2006

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Professing the goal of “bringing the United Nations closer to the people,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan ushered in a new era of UN involvement with international social and medical issues. This program features the Ghanaian-born diplomat’s ideas about the role of the UN in today’s world, with particular attention to the so-called Millennium Goals of ending poverty and inequality, increasing access to education, fighting AIDS, protecting the environment, and preventing humanitarian crises due to violent conflicts. Annan also poignantly shares his thoughts about the loss of Sergio Vieira de Mello and 22 others in the 2003 bombing of the UN’s Baghdad headquarters. (27 minutes)

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL36376

ISBN: 978-1-4213-5665-5

Copyright date: ©2005

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