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October 14, 2014

New World Disorder: Challenges for the UN in the 21st Century with Kofi Annan

To The Baruch College Community:
Please join Baruch College and the Foreign Policy Association for a lecture with H.E. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Founder and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, who will be discussing "New World Disorder: Challenges For the UN in the 21st Century."
Mr. Annan will be speaking as part of the Foreign Policy Association's Annual Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture on Conflict Prevention in Honor of David Hamburg.
To register, please call 212-481-8100 ext. 251 or email
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
Date:Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:Mason Hall
17 Lexington Avenue (Entrance on 23rd Street)
New York, New York 10010
Registration: 212-481-8100 ext. 251
Admission Types:Baruch students, alumni, and faculty: Free
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Event Speaker:
H.E. Kofi Annan - Guest of Honor Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Founder and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation
Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and is the founder and chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Kofi Annan was praised for being "pre-eminent in bringing new life to the organization." (Norwegian Nobel Committee, October 2001).
One of his main priorities during this period was a comprehensive programme of reform that sought to revitalize the United Nations and make the international system more effective. He was a constant advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa, and sought to bring the organisation closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.
At Mr. Annan's initiative, UN peacekeeping was strengthened in ways that enabled the United Nations to cope with a rapid rise in the number of operations and personnel. It was also at Mr. Annan's urging that, in 2005, Member States established two new intergovernmental bodies: the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council. Mr Annan likewise played a central role in the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the adoption of the UN's first-ever counter-terrorism strategy, and the acceptance by Member States of the "responsibility to protect" people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. His "Global Compact" initiative, launched in 1999, has become the world's largest effort to promote corporate social responsibility.
Mr. Annan undertook wide-ranging diplomatic initiatives. In 1998, he helped to ease the transition to civilian rule in Nigeria. In the same year, he visited Iraq to resolve an impasse between Iraq and the Security Council over compliance with resolutions on weapons inspections and other matters; this effort helped to avoid an outbreak of hostilities which was imminent at that time. In 1999, he was deeply involved in the diplomatic process that led to Timor-Leste's independence from Indonesia. He was responsible for certifying Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, and in 2006 his efforts contributed to securing a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah. Also in 2006, he mediated a settlement of the dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi peninsula.
In 2007, Kofi Annan set up the Kofi Annan Foundation to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more secure world.
The Foundation works to identify new threats to peace and security and supports Mr. Annan's preventive diplomacy and mediation activities. Kofi Annan chaired the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security (March 2011 to September 2012) and in January 2013, launched the West Africa Commission on Drugs, as a response to the surge in drug trafficking and consumption in West Africa and their impact on security, governance and public health.
The Foundation also works with select partner organizations to amplify Kofi Annan's voice and catalyse effective action on the promotion of food and nutrition security, sustainable development, and support for good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
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