High Patron of the Advancing Development Goals Contest
Expressing his support and will to make a contribution to the initiative, the ex-UN Secretary General had agreed to act as the High Patron of the Geneva Challenge. A Noble Peace prize winner together with the UN, Mr. Annan chaired the Kofi Annan Foundation, the African Progress Panel and the independent group of global leaders: the Elders. He was also an honorary member, board member or patron of a number of organizations including the UN Foundation Board. He personally presented the prizes to the winners of the 2014 and 2017 version of the contest.
It is with immense sadness that we learned of the passing away of Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and High Patron of the Geneva Challenge. The loss of a man who has worked tirelessly for peace and sustainable development is being deeply felt by all those who care about the need for international cooperation in a world of rising challenges. We are honoured to have had his support for the Geneva Challenge from the beginning. Kofi Annan attached primary importance to promoting Youth Leadership and saw the Advancing Development Goals International Student Contest as "a worthy and important initiative" that "will encourage and inspire young students to be key agents for development and peace”.