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Kofi Annan, MS Biography

Title:
Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The path to a solution is spelled out in the Quartet’s Road Map. Its vision is clear – two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. A final settlement that ends the occupation that began in 1967 should be arrived at through negotiations between the two parties, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242, 338, 1397 and 1515 and the principle of land for peace. Although both parties agreed to undertake a series of parallel and reciprocal steps called for in the plan, efforts to implement those commitments have so far been disappointing. To further delay the implementation of the Road Map is unacceptable, since time is not on our side. Both parties should abide by their obligations under the plan.”

“Secretary-General’s message at the UN International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People,” Sep. 13, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1997-2007
  • Nobel Peace Prize, 2001
  • Headed the UN’s Peacekeeping Department, 1993-1996
  • Worked in financial and management posts with the World Health Organization
  • High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva
  • Worked with the UN Economic Commission, Africa
  • Worked at the UN headquarters, New York
  • Joined the United Nations system, 1962
Education:
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Management, 1972
  • BS, Mcalester College, Economics, 1961
Other:
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