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PBS Launches Kofi Annan Online, Companion Web Site to PBS’ Kofi Annan: Center Of The Storm

Kofi Annan is widely known as a Nobel Prize-winning statesman and peacekeeper.  But who is Kofi Annan?   The story of this man from Ghana who rose through the United Nations ranks to become the organization’s seventh Secretary-General is explored in a companion Web site to the landmark PBS documentary KOFI ANNAN: CENTER OF THE STORM.  KOFI ANNAN Online, produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, launches December 23, 2002 at http://www.pbs.org/un/
 

PBS Launches Kofi Annan Companion Site For Upcoming TV Documentary
 
KOFI ANNAN Online is a production of Thirteen Online of Thirteen/WNET New York.  It is produced by Elizabeth Owen.  Anthony Chapman is executive producer and director of Thirteen Online.
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KOFI ANNAN: CENTER OF THE STORM, a co-production of David Grubin Productions and Thirteen, premieres January 7, 2003 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

KOFI ANNAN Online expands on the film’s coverage to give visitors a sense of the Secretary-General’s role as the world’s leading diplomat within the context of the United Nation’s global operations.  Hotly-contested issues facing the United Nations, from the International Criminal Court to weapons inspectors in Iraq, are explored in online debates between prominent commentators with insight into Mr. Annan’s positions on these matters.

The site also offers an interactive look into the inner workings of the United Nations’ system, from the Security Council to the International Court of Justice, that challenges users to determine how the United Nations makes its decisions.  Detailed biographical information on Mr. Annan and past Secretaries-General give a sense of the likely legacy of this global peacemaker.

Web visitors also find video clips, broadcast dates and more information about KOFI ANNAN: CENTER OF THE STORM.  Teachers bring global issues into their classrooms with lesson plans that use the United Nations as a springboard to develop conflict resolution, writing and debating skills.

KOFI ANNAN Online is a production of Thirteen Online of Thirteen/WNET New York.  It is produced by Elizabeth Owen.  Anthony Chapman is executive producer and director of Thirteen Online.

Major support for KOFI ANNAN Online and KOFI ANNAN: CENTER OF THE STORM is provided by The Coca-Cola Company and your local Coca-Cola bottler.  Additional funding is provided by the United Nations Foundation and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 

Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Stage on Screen, EGG the arts show, and Cyberchase - as well as the work of Bill Moyers - to audiences nationwide. 

As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as The Ethnic Heritage Specials, The New York Walking Tours, New York Voices, Reel New York, and its MetroArts/Thirteen cable arts programming. 

With educational and community outreach projects that extend the impact of its television productions, Thirteen takes television “out of the box.”  And as broadcast and digital media converge, Thirteen is blazing trails in the creation of Web sites, enhanced television, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, educational software, and other cutting-edge media products.  More information about Thirteen can be found at:  http://www.thirteen.org.