Nobel laureate, boxer join UN fight to achieve development goals in Kenya

A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a female boxing champion and artists from the world of music were recruited today in the United Nations fight to halve hunger and poverty, slash infant and maternal mortality and achieve the other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Kenya.

At African summit, Annan announces creation of 'Democracy Fund'

Addressing leaders of the African continent meeting today in Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the launch of a new initiative to financially support States undergoing the democratization process.

UN reform agenda crucial to future generations, Annan tells graduating students

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania today that he is committed to ensuring that the United Nations evolves so that it can tackle global challenges for generations to come.

Annan calls on women’s group to help promote UN reform

Describing the two major set of recommendations to meet global challenges that world leaders will debate and decide on at the United Nations summit in September, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on a UN-affiliated women’s group to help seize the opportunity to reform the world body.

Annan, General Assembly President express optimism over talks on UN reform

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and General Assembly President Jean Ping today expressed optimism over the informal consultations that have been taking place among representatives of Member States on Mr. Annan’s groundbreaking proposals for reforming the major organs of the world body.

Secretary-General ends India visit with strong call for UN reform

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today wrapped up his visit to India stressing the urgency to bring about UN reforms and to enhance freedom around the globe by jointly pursuing goals in development, security and human rights.

'Decision time' has come for overhauling UN, Annan argues

The United Nations must undertake the most sweeping overhaul in its 60-year history to strengthen collective security, lay down a truly global strategy for development, promote human rights and democracy, and ensure that all of these commitments are translated into action, Secretary-General Kofi Annan argues in the current issue of Foreign Affairs.

Proposed UN reforms would improve performance, Annan says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today advocated support for his proposals to reform the United Nations, calling them the most far-reaching ever put forward in its 60-year history.

At Asian-African summit, Annan urges support of UN reform, hails landmark Bandung declaration

Addressing an Asian-African summit in Indonesia as it marked the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Bandung declaration, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged leaders from the two continents “to be as innovative and as visionary as your forebears were” by supporting his agenda for UN reform.

In Indonesia, Annan keeps focus on UN reform

Ahead of an historic Asia-Africa summit this weekend in Indonesia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today briefed top delegates for nearly three hours, spotlighting his sweeping proposals for United Nations reform and calling for new commitments across a broad range of development challenges.