The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent, not-for profit organization that works to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more peaceful world. It was founded and legally incorporated in Switzerland in 2007 by Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations.
The Kofi Annan Foundation works to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more secure world.
To advance this mission, several initiatives have been developed in three focus areas:
Peace and Security
Rule of Law and Human Rights
The Foundation works to raise awareness and promote effective responses to emerging threats to peace and security. The Foundation also provides support for Mr. Annan's private diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution activities.
The Foundation works in partnership with governments and key
stakeholders to catalyse integrated action across all sectors to achieve sustainable development in an era of climate change.
The Foundation supports Kofi Annan’s engagement and advocacy to promote good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The Foundation presses for peaceful and equitable solutions to critical global issues through mediation, political mentoring, advocacy and advice. The unique experience and reach of Kofi Annan enable the Foundation to mobilise support from across the worlds of diplomacy, business, politics and civil society. Indeed, the Foundation works along 4 principles:
Private diplomacy: Kofi Annan provides informal counsel and participates in discreet diplomatic initiatives to avert or resolve crises;
Public advocacy: Through public engagements, speeches, conferences, media interviews, and statements, Kofi Annan shapes public discussion of global issues and threats;
Convening power: Led by Kofi Annan, the Foundation brings together leaders in diplomacy, business, politics and development to analyse and respond to key policy issues;
Analysis: The Foundation develops evidence-based analysis based on research and high level consultation.
Areas of Work
Kofi Annan is often asked to intercede in crises, sometimes as an impartial independent mediator, sometimes as a special envoy of the international community. In recent years he has provided such counsel to Burkina Faso, Kenya, Myanmar, Senegal, Syria/Iraq and Columbia. He also participates in problem-solving missions for The Elders and other organisations of which he is part of.
The Foundation provides policy support based on thematic and country monitoring and analysis, and through an informal network of national leaders, multilateral organisations, business leaders, international NGOs, and civil society activists, including women’s groups and faith organisations. The Foundation collaborates in this area with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, the International Crisis Group, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, and Interpeace amongst other partners.
Supporting Democracy & Elections with Integrity
Promoting Youth Leadership
Building Lasting Peace
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