Chief Advisors To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

DIMITRIS P. KRANIOTIS, member of the World nation writers’ Union (biography of the poet was published on the website: http://writerscapital.org/). Dimitris P. Kraniotis is an award-winning Greek poet. He was born in 1966 in Stomio (Larissa), a coastal town in central Greece. He studied at the Medical School of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. He lives and works as a physician (Internal Medicine specialist) in Larissa, Greece. He was invited and he has participated in several International Poetry Festivals around the World. He has won international awards for his poetry which has been translated in 25 languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, German, Polish, Dutch, Serbian, Albanian, Romanian, Arabic, Chinese, Bulgarian, Turkish, Czech, Japanese, Slovak, Bengali, Gujarati, Persian or Farsi, etc) and published in books, anthologies and magazines in many countries around the World. He is the author of 7 poetry books: “Traces” (in Greek, Greece 1985), “Clay Faces” (in Greek, Greece 1992), “Fictitious Line” (in Greek, English & French, Greece 2005, “Dunes” (in French & Romanian, Romania 2007), “Endogram” (in Greek, editions Malliaris Paideia, Greece 2010), “Edda” (in French & Romanian, Romania 2010) & “Illusions”(in Albanian, Romania 2010) and the Editor-in-Chief of the international anthology into English “World Poetry 2011” (205 poets from 65 countries). Also he is one of the 76 co-authors from 26 countries of the Global Harmony Association’s book “The ABC of Harmony” (candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013). He is Academician of the Academy Tiberina of Rome and the International Academy of Micenei (Italy), Doctor of Literature (Litt.D.) by World Academy of Arts and Culture, elected President of the 22nd World Congress of Poets (Larissa, Greece 2011) and “Laureate Man of Letters” by United Poets Laureate International, Founder & President of the Mediterranean Poetry Festival (Larissa, Greece), Founding President of World Poets Society (WPS), Vice-President of United Poets Laureate International (UPLI), International Director of the World Union of Poets (WUP), Vice-President of Thessaly Association of Letters and Arts, Special Secretary of the Larissa Medical Association “Hippocrates”, Ambassador to Greece of “Poetas del Mundo”, Universal Peace Ambassador by the Universal Ambassador Peace Circle & the Universal Peace Embassy, former Professor of the Department of Nursing in the University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly (TEI of Larissa), former Vice-President of Larissa Union of Poets and Writers, former member of the Editorial Board of the Greek literary magazine “Graphi”, former Vice-President of the Larissa Medical Association “Hippocrates” and former Editorial Director of the Greek medical magazine “Hippocrates”. He is member of several literary organizations (National Society of Greek Literary Writers, Hellenic Literary Society, Panhellenic Union of Literary Writers, Greek PEN, International Society of Greek Writers, Hellenic Society of Writing Physicians and international organizations (WPM, UPLI, IWA, WUP, WAAC, UMEM, GHA, Poetas del Mundo, SELAE, AEADO, etc). His official website: www.dimitriskraniotis.com

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

CERI NAZ (Caroline Nazareno-Gabis a.k.a.), she was elected as one of the directors of the Board of Directors of the International Writers Foundation (WCIF) of the journal Galaktika ATUNIS, based in Albania. BIOGRAPHY Caroline Nazareno-Gabis a.k.a. Ceri Naz, born in Anda, Pangasinan known as a ‘poet of peace and friendship’, is a multi-awarded poet, editor, publicist, linguist, educator, and women’s advocate. Graduated cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, specialized in General Science at Pangasinan State University. Ceri have been a voracious researcher in various arts, science and literature. She was privileged to be chosen as one of the Directors of Writers Capital International Foundation ( WCIF ), Member of the Poetry Posse, one of the Board of Directors of Galaktika ATUNIS Magazine based in Albania; the World Poetry Canada and International Director to Philippines; Global Citizen’s Initiatives Member, Association for Women’s rights in Development ( AWID ) and Anacbanua. http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=12005

 

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

JAGDISH PRAKASH, he is ‘International Best Poet 2014’ by INTERNATIONAL POETRY & RESEARCH CENTRE (IPTRC), CHINA. Jagdish Prakash poet, member of World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan and Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature. He was born in Lahore, now in Pakistan, he started his career with Steel Authority of India in a managerial position after attaining a first class post graduate degree in Commerce. He is now associated with a leading corporate engaged in technology driven education system in India in a senior position. He writes poetry in Urdu and English and has six books of Urdu verse and one of English to his credit. One more book of English poems is under publication. His Urdu poems were translated into English by an eminent poet from Pakistan, Muhammad Shanazar which were also published under the title ‘A TEMPEST IN SILENCE’. He was rewarded by Urdu Academy, Delhi for excellence of his Urdu poetry. He was also honoured as ‘International Best Poet 2014’ by INTERNATIONAL POETRY & RESEARCH CENTRE (IPTRC), CHINA. He is also a recipient of NAJI NAAMAN LITERARY PRIZE 2017. His Urdu poetry has been set to music and sung by many prominent singers of India. http://www.margutte.com/?p=18964&lang=en

 

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

Dr. JERNAIL SINGH ANAND, he is author, Critic, Theorist, Spiritualist, Moral Philosopher, and Crusader for a new Socio-political and Politico-Spiritual Cosmic Consciousness. Lord of World Peace and Literature/World Icon of Peace/World Icon of Youth Leadership/Cross of Peace/Cross of Literature/ART4PEACE Braveheart Lifetime Achievement Awardee/Dr. M.S. Radhawa Award for Promotion of Art and Culture of Punjab. *Innovator of the Theory of Biotext in Literary Criticism *Innovator of the Theory of Interconnectivity and Relativity in Philosophy: Promoting Cosmic Consciousness *Innovator of New Perspectives in the study of English Proverbs. *His works of Spirituality [Bliss and I Belong to You] translated into Persian and published in Iran. *Author of 45 books of English Poetry, fiction, prose, non-fiction, and spirituality. *Enviromentalist: planted 20000 saplings, and inspired other people. *Refereed author. Vishwabharati Research Centre brings out COMPANION on DR J.S. ANAND – a collection of 20 research articles on various works and aspects of Dr. Anand’s writing. INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVALS: 1. KIBATEK 39 Poetry Festival, held in Taranto, Italy, Feb. 2016. 2. World Institute of Peace, invites to Nigeria, in Nov. 2016, for Keynote Address on World Peace and Employment Potential for African Youth. Awarded WORLD ICON OF WORLD PEACE. 3. INTERNATIONAL ARTFEST CONFERENCE , held at KIIT, Bhubaneshwar. Keynote Address on World Peace and role of India. 4. INDIA WORLD POETRY FESTIVAL,-2017 held at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad from 13th to 15th of Octber, 2017. Conferred LORD OF WORLD PEACE AND LITERATURE award. 5. INTERNATIONAL LECTURE DELIVERED ONLINE ON 22.11.2017, TO FACULTY OF LETTERS ARTS AND HUMANITIES, UNIV. OF MANOUBA, TUNIS, ON POETIC CREATION AND CLOUD SYSNDROME. 6. INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION JUS PUNJABI – ONLINE PARTICIPATION IN LIVE INTERVIEW ON 1ST DEC. 2017.ON THE TITLE; ‘AJJ DA MUDDA- THE ISSUE TODAY: WRITTEN BOOK LITERATURE IN MODERN TIMES. AWARDS/INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION Dr. Jernail Singh Anand [born: 15 January, 1955] is an internationally acknowledged poet, author, philosopher and spiritualist of a high order. Recently, he was conferred Lord of World Peace and Literature Award for his contribution to life, art, culture and literature and originating the theory of Biotext, at the India World Poetree Festival, Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, along with The Enchanting Muse Award by Writers’ Corner, Warangal, at the same function, held on 13th-14th of October, 2017. He also received World Epitome of Leadership award from World Institute of Peace, Nigeria, on 24 Oct. 2017. Apart from World Icon of Peace and World Icon of Youth Leadsership [Nigeria], he is the recipient of Cross of Peace and Cross of Literature. He is first Ambassador of the World Union of Poets [Itay] and has served as Secretary General, World Parliament of Literature. He was also conferred Beverley Hills ART4PEACE Braveheart Lifetime Achievement Award by ART4P4ACE Foundation. Recently, he has been appointed Adviser to SAHITYA ANAND, an Internaitonal Literary and Research Journal. Dr. Anand is also Director of World Institute of Peace, Nigeria. BACKGROUND Anand hails from Longowal [Punjab, India]. Coming from a business family, he had to face great ups and downs in life, and it was in 1979 that he joined his cherished career as a Lecturer in English. His literary career took off in 1985 with his first book, ‘The Monster Within’ after which he never looked back. BOOKS Dr. Anand has authored more than 45 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and spirituality. His major books are ‘Beyond Life Beyond Death’, ‘Burning Bright’, ‘The Apocalpyse’ and ‘ Confessions of a Corpse’. His book Bliss: the Ultimate Magic [2007] has been translated into Farsi and published in Iran by Prof. Naruges Mohammadi, who has also translated his work of Cosmic Culture, ‘I Belong to You’, into Persian. He is the first poet from Punjab, or may be India, whose writings have travelled to the land of Rumi, the great mystic, which underlines the mystic connection between the two countries. INNOVATED A NEW CRITICAL THEORY: BIOTEXT Dr. Anand also came up with a new idea in the field of CRITICAL THEORY.. i.e. Biotext. An Iran scholar, Dr. Roghayeh Farsi has written extensively in international journals on this theory which sandwitches him with Bakhtin and Deleuze. INNOVATED A PHILOSOPHICAL THEORY OF INTERCONNECTIVITY Dr. Anand’s new theory of Interconnectivity has been hailed as a powerful bulwark of the revelation of a new knowledge which aims at awakening mankind, not only to the great chain of being, but also its interconnection with the landscape which otherwise consider inanimate and dead. Man can seek his salvation if he discovers maintains and builds on his sense of interconnectivity with the cosmos. NEW PERSPECTIVES IN ENGLISH PROVERBS DrAnand, along with Prof. MS Anand, researched, and modified, and innovated several English proverbs. It is a work in which his creativity is at its apex. Barking dogs seldom bite, becomes Biting dogs seldom bark….which provides a lot of food for thought too. Dr. Anand has authored more than 45 books of English poetry, philosophy, and spirituality, which include fiction and non-fiction too. Hailing from a small village Longowal, he got his graduation degree from Govt. College, Ludhiana, reputed to be the alma mater of great Urdu poet, Sahir Ludhianvi. He acquired his postgraduate degree in English Literature from Punjabi University Patiala, and Ph.D from Panjab University in 2000. Dr. Anand has headed a multi-faculty DAV College for ten plus years and had been Manager of a dozen DAV Public Schools. POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Apart from his interest in academics, literature, and creative arts, Dr. Anand has a keen interest in Political Theory. Recently, he came up with HARD TALK: A DISCOURSE IN POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS which is a collection of his articles which have been published in major newspapers as editorials. PHILOSOPHIQUE POETICA [DE-ANAND] Dr. Anand is the founder President of PHILOSOPOHIQUE POETICA [DE-ANAND], along with Ade Caparas Manilah from Sydney, who is the Co-founder of this Portal for Philosophical Discussions and Interviews of International Literary Figures. THEORY OF COSMIC CULTURE Dr. Anand’s distinctive contribution lies in his philosophy of Cosmic Culture. He does not believe that there is any contradiction in the life systems. Nature has an even flow. All disturbances are created by the greed of man, which needs to be checked. A ROLE-MODEL FOR YOUNGER GENERATION OF POETS He has been able to influence the present day thought of the younger generation which looks upon him as a role-model, as a man, a philosopher, and as an actor for Peace, Love and Spiritualized Living. https://verbumlandiartplanet.blogspot.com/2016/09/galaktika-poetike-atunis-dr-jernail-s.html

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

GEORGE ONSY, he is one of the International Directors at the WORLD UNION OF POETS (WUP), and is their world contest Jury Member as also for Galaktika Poetike (Atunis), the Italian International VERBUMLANDIART and Mexican World Contests. A WARNING: THE JURY'S OBSERVER INDEPENDENT OF THE MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION. FROM THE CHAIRMAN, ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION WHEN DETERMINING THE PRIZE PRESENT FOR PARTICIPANTS TO MUST AGREE WITH THE JURY OBSERVER. George Onsy-Egypt George Onsy, an Egyptian thinker, poet and artist, born in Cairo, Dec 21, 1953, lives in Cairo, serving as a prof. of Tech. Writing at The Egyptian-Russian University and teaches History of Art & Architecture at other academies. His outstanding works of poetry and art have been published in many printed anthologies and websites worldwide. He has been awarded at many international cultural events in Italy, Ghana and India invited by world leading literary organizations. As an active writer for peace, THE WORLD INSTITUTE FOR PEACE (WIP), Nigeria awarded him with THE GLOBAL ICON OF PEACE in Nigeria, 2016. His paintings of mystical themes have been exhibited in USA, Canada, UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Ghana and India. George is one of the International Directors at the WORLD UNION OF POETS (WUP), and is their world contest Jury Member as also for Galaktika Poetike (Atunis), the Italian International VERBUMLANDIART and Mexican World Contests. H’s also an honorary member for some international advisory boards. VOICES FROM ETERNITY, a joint book of Onsy’s poems and artworks with the great Indian thinker and poet Dr. J. Anand’s poems, was published by the Poetry Society of India in 2014. George diligently tries to establish new effective approaches to peacemaking, applying his unprecedented modelling system on Conflict-Resolution/Problem-Solving. The leading Facebook Page, AWAKENING-صحوة he founded years ago is an active Arab International Forum to face crucial challenges. http://www.setumag.com/2016/09/george-onsy.html

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

Dr.Harjinder Singh (Dr.Harry), poet and public figure India, member of the World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan. Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature. He is born on 17.08.1974 at chandigarh in North India in a sikh family with one elder sister and parents in government service. Dr.Harry always thanks his parents for letting him pursue his dreams. There are many people in this world who have different personalities. It is a personality that makes everyone unique and different from others. We can not ever see two people of a kind. It never changes and decides the quality of a person. Dr.Harjinder Singh (Dr.Harry) is very special in this world and his personality is different from others. He is a very responsible and sympathetic person.He is multi talented personality. During schooling at the age of 8 yrs he seen the reality of life i.e. death of his 18 yrs elder sister due to heart problem. After that he started learning living life on life's terms alone coz his parents have no spare time for him due to their job. Done his schooling from Govt. Model High School sector 20-D, chandigarh. He is very found of theater acting. He did lots of drama on stage. From the childhood he had a quality to manage a group of people. Done his Doctrate in medicine from Punjab Medical Institute Jalandhar (Pb.). During doing Doctrate he experienced the needs of poors and started social work for them. He started a NGO- Hope & Care for people in need. Got married on 8th Feb1996 with south Indian Christian Roman Catholic girl "Mini". After marriage he continued the social work with giving awareness to people regarding health and their rights. He always love education and in late 30's he done Post Graduate in Journalism and Masters in Psychology. Dr.Harry did acting on national television in a crime serial and comedy serial. He did Masters in Psychology, Now he is doing Counseling for people's regarding emotional problems, examination stress, Relationship management, psychological problems etc and gives free carrier counseling to students at Dr.Harry's Counselor's Cafe with 24Hrs Helpline +919815222233. He weekly visit orphan home and old age home and spend quality time with them. Now he is doing great work on World Peace. He always looks forward to world peace. He is deeply involved in lots of societies working for peace and human rights at International level. He is presently a Peace Ambassador of "Foundation for Integrity in Governance in Africa" and working with WIP- "WORLD INSTITUTE OF PEACE". as ARBITRATOR AT LARGE and too many international Organisations working on human rights and world peace and Advisor at SPMUDA INDIA TEAM. He is a good poet/author /life coach as he is a social thinker. He act as Think Tank for Institutions. He Achieved training course from Department of Safety and Security UNITED NATIONS.

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

Dr. Fco. Xavier Ramírez S. member of the World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan. Chief Advisor to the President of the World Natıons Wrıters' Unıon Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature. He is a (Mexico, D.F. 1943) Mexican historian and biographer, is currently General Director of Editorial Sagitario, founded in 1996 in the port of Acapulco, Gro. Mexico exclusively for the promotion of new literary values, President of the Academic Society of Ibero-American Historians and President Emeritus of the Latin American Academy of Modern Literature. He has promoted and financed more than two hundred Ibero-American writers. His personal literary production now reaches 35 works. He is the initiator of the Financing Program for Ibero-American Writers. It also coordinates the Ibero-American Encyclopedia of Historiographical Work, whose first two volumes appeared in August 2009 and in which the work of ten researchers belonging to the Academic Society of Historians stands out. He was President of the Mexican Academy of Modern Literature from 2000 to 2011. He is currently General Coordinator of this World Writers Directory It began in 1963 in Mexican journalism, where it reached the management of two newspapers -El Correo de México and La Crónica- several national magazines, the Latin American News Agency LATINOT, the Management of the Pacific Zone of Editorial Corporation, and the Regional Management for the Southeast of Notimex. He was President of the National Society of Mexican Journalists and Writers and member of the National Association of Journalists, A.C .; the Journalists Club; the College of Journalists; the Inter-American Press Association and the National Union of Press Editors. He is founder of the Academic Society of Historians; the Mexican Society of Collectors in Old Books and Editorial Sagittarius, an organization that started its functions in 1996 associated with three other writers, with the predetermined purpose of promoting and financing new values of literature. In 1999 he was appointed Academic Coordinator of the World Academy of Modern Literature and, at the beginning of 2000, he was commissioned to form the Mexican Academy of Modern Literature as a Latin American pilot project. He has the status of researcher and historian before the Archivo General de Indias since 2005; the General Archive of the Nation since 1989, with renewal in 2004; the History Group of Mexico -H-Mexico- of the UNAM since 2006; Spanish Archives on the Web since 2005; and recently before the National Heritage of the Royal Library and the Cervantes Virtual Library of the University of Alicante. As of June 2009, he is part of the Professional Network of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, a specialized organization of the Organization of American States, and a Master of Master Researchers of the Organization of Ibero-American States. He has a degree in Law, has three Masters in Marketing and Virtual Design, and achieved Doctorates in Literature and History. In 2016 he received the World Literary Excellence Award and the World Cultural Excellence Award, from the Hispanic Writers' Union, which appointed him Delegate in North America and President of the UHE in Mexico; likewise, the Golden Pen, the highest award given by the International Association of Hispanic Poets and Writers, an organization that gave him the rank of Ambassador of Peace in Mexico. It has another 25 International Awards and Recognitions. The Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Paris, France, granted him the rank of Ambassador of Peace in 2014, among other no less important distinctions.

Chief Advisor To The President of the World Nations Writars' Union in Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature.

Famous author Shiju H. Pallithazheth (Сиджу Х. Раллитазет) is the Founder of the world’s most active Writers Forum ‘Motivational Strips’. He ıs a member and Chief Advisor to the President of the World Natıons Wrıters' Unıon Kazakhstan on Contemporary World Literature. His is the most popular writers group in Facebook where all writers flock to post and interact This forum has the most qualitative and some of the world’s greatest writers; 101 countries writingand writers represent in this forum. Shiju is a person who takes selfless time in coaching worldwide writers to be greater writers and follows his mission to spread love and unity among writers.Known for his gifted wisdom, he holds a Bachelors Degree (Hons.) in English Literature and Masters in Business Administration. He has written hundreds of articles/quotes and poems covering all genres. He has unique form of writing which has a global voice and can be easily comprehended by any readers from the world. Though an Indian by birth, he spent most of his life in Sultanate of Oman where his parents worked. He is presently employed in Oman from where he writes his thoughts to the world of readers and writers.

Vice President of the WNWU in Kazakhstan

 

Dr. Ezhil Vendhan Vice President WNWU in Kazakhstan

Dr. Ezhil Vendhan, member of the World Nations Writers' Union and Vice President of the World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan.

He is a celebrated poet from India and he writes in English and Hindi besides, in his mother tongue Tamil. He is author of two published poetry collections and many of his poems find place in many International Poetry Anthologies. The poem entitled 'Banyan Tree’ is an acclaimed masterpiece of Dr.Ezhil Vendhan’s writings. Its original version was in Tamil Language and it was selected as the best Tamil Language poem during the Multi -Lingual Poets Symposium 1995 held in New Delhi in conjunction with the Indian Republic Day.

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Cav Silvano Bortolazzi‎, Honourary President WNWU

Cav Silvano Bortolazzi‎, Honourary President WNWU

Cav Silvano Bortolazzi‎, member and Honourary President WNWU in Kazakhstan. He is FOUNDER PRESIDENT AND WORLD PRESIDENT OF THE "WORLD UNION OF POETS" AND OF THE "WORLD GAMES OF POETRY". "KNIGHT OF MERIT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC (FOR POETRY) SILVANO BORTOLAZZI (POET AND WRITER) - HONORARY MEMBER of the Italian National Association of Knightly Orders - HONORARY POET OF THE OLYMPIC CITY OF SESTRIERE - PROPOSED IN FIVE OCCASION TO THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE - PROPOSED IN ONE OCCASION TO THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE - FOUNDER PRESIDENT AND WORLD PRESIDENT OF THE "WORLD UNION OF POETS" AND OF THE "WORLD GAMES OF POETRY". OTHERS TITLES: AUTHOR OF THE POEM, TITLE, OF THE WINNING WORK OF THE 5° INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE MOSCOW ART PORTRAIT (CENTRAL PALACE OF MOSCOW ARTISTS) – WORLD ICON OF PEACE (INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR PEACE OF NIGERIA) - WORLD ICON OF LEADERSHIP (INTERNATIONAL PRIZE OF NIGERIA)

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Muhammad Shanazar, First Vice President of the World Nations Writers' Union.

 

Muhammad Shanazar, First Vice President of the WNWU

Muhammad Shanazar is a poet, translator, public figure, Associate Professor of English, Honorary Doctor of Degree in Peace and Humanities, Nominee for the nomination "Nobel Prize in Literature 2015", member of the World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan, First Vice President of the World Nations Writers' Union.

Muhammad Shanazar is Associate Professor in English Language and Literature, he was born at a village Saib, Tehsil Gujar Khan, District Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on 25th Nov. 1960. In his childhood he did all odd works like ploughing field, harvesting crops, gathering fodder, cutting wood for fuel, building fences, grazing cattle etc. He had keen interest in getting education and his hard work that led him to the height of success. After having done Master in English Literature, he served for three years in Police Department as constable and later on got an opportunity in Higher Education Department.

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Dr. Kofi Annan co-president World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan

Dr. Kofi Annan co-president World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan

Kofi Annan, famous politician for Peace in the whole World, member and co-president World Nations Writers' Union in Kazakhstan. He is  of Ghana, is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first Secretary-General to be elected from the ranks of United Nations staff, he began his term on 1 January 1997. His priorities as Secretary-General have been to revitalize the United Nations through a comprehensive programme of reforms; to strengthen the organization's traditional work in the areas of development and the maintenance of international peace and security; to encourage and advocate human rights, the rule of law and the universal values of equality, tolerance and human dignity found in the United Nations Charter; and to restore public confidence in the Organization by reaching out to new partners to bring the United Nations closer to the people.

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