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Annan receives university honour in Neuchâtel

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Saturday received an honourary doctorate of law from Neuchâtel University.

Annan, the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, received the honour from the university's rector, Martine Rahier, in front of 500 people.

In his address, Annan spoke of equality and commitment to human rights, peace and sustainable development, arguing that gender equality and better distribution of wealth were necessary to peace and to the development of democratic institutions.

The 70-year-old Ghanaian diplomat had spent part of his career with the UN at its European headquarters in Geneva.