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1997: Kofi Annan starts as Secretary-General.
1997: Annan launches UN reform.
1999: NATO bombing of Yugoslavia begins.
1999: Annan apologizes for Rwanda genocide.


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1997
Kofi Annan Kofi Annan takes up the post of Secretary-General.

Learn more: UN Kofi Annan
The official UN biography

Learn more: UN Online NewsHour
An interview with the Secretary-General.
1997
Kyoto Treaty tackles climate change. The agreement calls for a reduction in global greenhouse emmissions by 5 percent, but critics say concessions offered to polluting nations will do little to stop global warming. The U.S. pulls out of the treaty in March 2001.

Learn more: UN UNFCCC
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Control

Learn more: UN Online NewsHour
An analysis of the global warming dispute.
1997
Kofi Annan announces reform plan Annan sets out his UN reform plan. Upon taking office, Annan took immediate steps to make the UN a leaner, more efficient and more effective organization. The effort is ongoing.

Learn more: UN Reform at the UN
All the details about what will be cut and why.

Learn more: UN Online NewsHour
Annan outlines his reform plan.
1997
Ted Turner pledges $1 billion to UN.

Learn more: PBS Morning Edition
A discussion about Turner's $1 billion donation.
1998
UN weapons inspectors in Iraq Weapons inspectors pull out of Iraq.

Learn more: PBS Online NewsHour
A full report on the weapons inspections crisis.
1998
Annan denies received warning and did nothing in response to Rwanda genocide. "No one can deny that the world failed the people of Rwanda. But the crucial issue is not how to apportion blame with the benefit of hindsight. . .we should be asking how we can insure that such a tragedy can never happen again." He sets up an independent inquiry into the UN handling of the crisis.

Learn more: PBS All Things Considered
THE NEW YORKER's Philip Gourevitch discusses the Rwanda report.

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