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Kofi Annan, MS Biography
||Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
||Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"[Owen Bennett-Jones] (Q): Do you think that the resolution that was passed on Iraq before the war did actually give legal authority to do what was done?
"Excerpts: Annan Interview," inverview with BBC journalist Owen Bennett-Jones, news.bbc.co.uk, Sep. 16, 2004
Kofi Annan (A): Well, I'm one of those who believe that there should have been a second resolution because the Security Council indicated that if Iraq did not comply there will be consequences. But then it was up to the Security Council to approve or determine what those consequences should be.
Q: So you don't think there was legal authority for the war?
A: I have stated clearly that it was not in conformity with the Security Council - with the UN Charter.
Q: It was illegal?
A: Yes, if you wish.
Q: It was illegal?
A: Yes, I have indicated it is not in conformity with the UN Charter, from our point of view and from the Charter point of view it was illegal."
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|Involvement and Affiliations:
||Co-founder and President, Global Humanitarian Forum, 2007-present
Chairman of the Board, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), 2007-present
Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), 1997-2007
Undersecretary for Peacekeeping, UN, 1993-1996
Budget and Finance Controller, UN, 1992-1993
Assistant Secretary-General for Program Planning, UN, 1990-1992
Assistant Secretary-General, UN Office of Human Resources Management, 1987-1990
Director of Budget, UN Office of Finance, 1984-1987
Deputy Director of Administration and Head of Personnel, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), 1980-1983
Deputy Chief of Staff Services, UN Office of Personnel Services, 1976-1980
Managing Director, Ghana Tourism Board, 1974-1976
Administrative and Budget Officer, World Health Organization, 1962
||MS, Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1972
Graduate Studies, Economics, Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales, Geneva (Switzerland), 1961-1962
BS, Economics, Macalester College, 1961
||Born in Kumasi, Ghana on Apr. 8, 1938
Recipient, MacArther Award for International Justice, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2008
Recipient, Crystal Tiger Award, Princeton University, 2006
Recipient, International Achievement Award, Inter Press Service, 2006
Recipient, Max Schmidheiny Foundation Freedom Prize, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), 2006
Recipient, Order of the Dutch Lion, Grand Cross, 2006
Recipient, Grand Collar of the Order of Liberty (Portugal), 2005
Recipient, Profiles in Courage Award, 2002
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2001