September 17, 2006 |
Before the beginning of 2007, the United Nations must elect a replacement for outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Candidates can declare their intention to run but risk the disdain of fellow diplomats if they publicly campaign for the post. After reviewing the candidates, members of the Security Council conduct straw polls among themselves to gauge support for a candidate, with each contender receiving an "encouragement" or "discouragement."
June 16, 2006 |
India nominated senior U.N. official and author Shashi Tharoor on Thursday to succeed Kofi Annan when his 10-year term as United Nations secretary-general concludes at the end of the year. Tharoor, 50, an Indian, is the U.N. undersecretary-general for communications and public information. New Delhi said it strongly supported the principle of regional rotation, under which the next secretary-general should be from Asia. China also has made it clear it wants the next U.N. chief to be Asian.
June 28, 2001 |
The Security Council unanimously nominated Kofi Annan on Wednesday for a second five-year term as secretary-general, paving the way for the 189-member General Assembly to formally endorse his election Friday. Annan's impending reelection breaks tradition in several ways. The vote usually occurs at the end of the year. And, under the U.N.'s rotation schedule, an Asian diplomat would have been expected to get the post.
January 22, 1997 |
When U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrives in Washington today for his first official visit, his initial meeting--before sessions with President Clinton, Sen. Jesse Helms, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the National Press Club--will be a 45-minute chat with the 10-member Minnesota congressional delegation. Annan, born in the West African nation of Ghana, had his first exposure to America in the early 1960s as an undergraduate at small Macalester College in St. Paul.
January 3, 1997 |
Kofi Annan began his term as U.N. secretary-general Thursday by swiftly moving to the top of his public agenda the need to reform and streamline the embattled world organization. In a brief statement to reporters as he entered the building for his first day on the job, the 58-year-old Ghanaian, a veteran of three decades of work within the U.N., linked reform to the need for countries to pay their back dues.
December 14, 1996 |
Searching for clarification of its role in the post-Cold War world and mired in financial woe, the United Nations turned for leadership Friday to one of its veteran officials, Kofi Annan of Ghana, with the Security Council designating him the seventh secretary-general. Annan, 58, has held U.N. posts around the world for 30 years, most recently the sensitive job of undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations. He is well liked within the U.N.