Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Glasgow Caledonian University for his work to address the HIV/Aids epidemic, poverty and human rights.

Dr Annan was presented with his honorary doctorate by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry awards in Glasgow yesterday.

Professor Gillies said: “Dr Annan is one of the world’s most accomplished thought leaders and practitioners on human rights, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and global poverty alleviation.

“He is a truly inspirational international figure and a role model for our staff and students. We are delighted that he has accepted this award.”

Dr Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations has driven forward initiatives to promote peace around the world, established the Global Aids and Health Fund and championed development through the Millennium Health Goals.

Scots singer-songwriter and philanthropist Annie Lennox has also been honoured by Glasgow Caledonian University for her international humanitarian efforts at the event.

Scotland’s first International Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement was conferred on Lennox for her actions to promote health and human rights for women and children affected by HIV/Aids.