Annan, Kofi (April 8, 1938 - )
Diplomat from Ghana and the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (1st of January 1997-31st December 2006). While in this position he, alongside the United Nations, received the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for the founding of the Global AIDS and Health Fund which aimed to support developing countries to provide successful health care. Annan also acted as the UN Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria (23rd February - 31st August 2012), which tried to find a resolution to the civil conflict there. However, he resigned his post due to frustrations about the lack of progress. Annan has also won countless awards and honours, from institutions and states around the world.