The MacArthur Foundation has selected Kofi Annan, the former secretary general of the United Nations, to receive its first Award for International Justice.
The award includes $100,000 for Annan to further his own work, and an additional $500,000 grant to be directed to the international justice organization of his choice.
In making the award, the foundation cited Annan’s work to create the International Criminal Court, a body that prosecutes those accused of crimes against humanity, including genocide and war crimes.
“Kofi Annan’s life work embodies the values of justice and human rights and the eternal hope for a humane, peaceful world that justice makes possible,” Jonathan Fanton, president of the foundation, said in a statement.
The award is part of the MacArthur Foundation’s plan to raise awareness of international justice issues in the coming year, which mark’s the funder’s 30 anniversary.
Activities will include symposiums at four universities throughout the U.S. that will focus on international justice and are open to the public.
Annan, a native of Ghana, led the U.N. from 1997 to 2007.