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Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan, 77, served as secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Today, Annan lives in Geneva, where he heads the Kofi Annan Foundation, working towards a more peaceful and secure world. He is also a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Entries by Kofi Annan

Why I'm Calling to End the War on Drugs

(93) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 8:28 AM

In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assumptions and popular sentiments can become a recipe for mistaken prescriptions and misguided interventions.

Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric and reality more evident than...

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Por que é hora de legalizar as drogas

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 12:35 PM

Na minha experiência, boas políticas públicas são moldadas pela análise desapaixonada do que funcionou na prática, ou do que não funcionou.

Políticas baseadas em suposições ou sentimentos populares podem se tornar a receita para prescrições erradas e intervenções equivocadas.

Não existe exemplo mais evidente deste divórcio entre retórica e...

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Por qué es hora de legalizar las drogas

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Por mi experiencia, considero que una buena política pública debe basarse en un análisis esapasionado de lo que en la práctica ha funcionado o no. La que se basa en suposiciones comunes y en sentimientos populares puede convertirse en una receta de prescripciones erróneas e intervenciones equivocadas.

Este divorcio entre...

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Why It's Time to Legalize Drugs

(166) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 10:02 AM

In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assumptions and popular sentiments can become a recipe for mistaken prescriptions and misguided interventions.

Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric and reality more evident than...

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2016: A Year for Passionate Intensity and Positive Change

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 1:25 PM

"The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity"

The Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote these words nearly a century ago amid the violent upheavals that followed the end of the First World War, but they can provide an alarmingly prescient prism through which to...

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The Case For True Leadership on Climate Change

(28) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 8:06 AM

A few months ago, I was greatly blessed by the birth of a third grandchild. His arrival caused me to reflect on the world as I have known it and how it may look by the time he reaches my age. It was a sobering moment. I know that if...

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Wir müssen unsere Reise hin zu einer faireren, friedlicheren Welt fortsetzen

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Als ich ein kleiner Junge war, sagte unser Vater uns immer folgendes: „Du schlägst niemandem auf den Kopf, wenn du deine Finger noch zwischen seinen Zähnen hast." Damit wollte er uns daran erinnern, dass wir selbst im Falle eines Streits noch miteinander verbunden sind.

In diesem harmlosen Sprichwort liegt...

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The Next 10 Years in Global Democracy

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:02 PM

When I was a boy, my father used to tell us: "You don't hit someone on the head when you have your fingers between his teeth" to remind us that even in dispute we remain bound to each other. In this innocuous proverb lies a wisdom that the world is...

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The Global Order Can Only Be Saved If New Powers Are Let In

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:24 PM

GENEVA -- As 2015 begins, the values enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are under threat. Around the world, personal liberty, human rights, and democracy are at risk -- even in countries that have embraced democratic ideals....

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Está na hora de cobrar pelo carbono

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Nelson Mandela, que fundou o grupo The Elders (Os Anciãos) em 2007, acreditava que os líderes transformadores precisam ter generosidade e coragem para enxergar além do interesse próprio. Nenhum desafio exige tanto essas qualidades, ou de maneira tão urgente, quanto a mudança climática.

Enquanto as complexas negociações entre 195 representantes...

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It's Time to Put a Price on Carbon

(68) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Nelson Mandela, who founded The Elders in 2007, believed transformative leaders needed the generosity and courage to see beyond narrow self-interest. No challenge requires these qualities as much, or as urgently, as climate change.

As the complex negotiations between 195 member state representatives gather pace in Lima, Peru,...

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Globalisierung - die Gelegenheit für Deutschland

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Keine Alleingänge mehr! Die Globalisierung bietet Deutschland die Chance, die internationalen Beziehungen auf der Grundlage eines regelgestützten und integrativen Systems aufzubauen. Hierzu sollte die deutsche Außenpolitik bestehende multilaterale Partnerschaften und Bündnisse stärken.

Aus den Ruinen des Zweiten Weltkriegs ist die Bundesrepublik zu einem der erfolgreichsten Staaten der Welt aufgestiegen. Dieser...

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La lutte contre le changement climatique doit réunir toutes les énergies

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 10:09 AM

S'il y a bien une cause qui devrait tous nous unir, jeunes et vieux, riches et pauvres, c'est le changement climatique.

Dimanche 21 septembre a eu lieu ce qui est probablement la plus grande marche de l'Histoire contre le changement climatique. Plusieurs membres des Global Elders ont affiché leur solidarité...

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Climate Change Is a Cause That Should Unite Us All

(164) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:55 PM

If ever there were a cause which should unite us all, old or young, rich or poor, climate change must be it.

On Sunday September 21, the world witnessed possibly the largest ever demonstration on climate change in history. Several members of the Elders stood in solidarity...

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The Best Candidate for the Toughest Job

(14) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 10:22 AM

In December this year, a little-reported process will conclude when those 118 States who are parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) elect a new Prosecutor. There are many important decisions facing the world's diplomats, including those gathered at the UN General Assembly this autumn, but...

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The Power of Partnerships in Africa

(37) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 10:44 AM

We are witnessing a historic change to the development paradigm. Drastic spending cuts in the United States, uncertainty around Europe's common currency and the consequences of the earthquake in Japan are reordering international priorities and put further pressure on aid budgets. At the same time, development needs in Africa are...

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G20 Leaders Must Renew Their Commitment to Global Development

(15) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 10:44 AM

Ahead of today's G20 Summit in South Korea, two issues stand out for those of us who take an interest in international development.

First, the concepts of fairness, balance, and the common good have experienced a welcome renaissance as world leaders have had to remind each other of these universal...

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Revitalizing the Political Will to Achieve the Millennium Goals

(32) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 10:42 AM

People often ask me what I consider to be the highlight of my UN career. While there were many wonderful moments, hosting the largest collection of world leaders ever assembled to sign the Millennium Declaration in New York is certainly among the top. The can-do spirit in the room was...

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Why Is the World's Most Successful Child Health Intervention Going Begging?

(149) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 12:26 PM

Vaccines have saved the lives of millions of children around the world, and have the potential to save millions more in the future as newer vaccines are developed and introduced. Vaccines have resulted in global eradication of smallpox, we are on the brink of attaining global eradication of polio, and...

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Saving Ourselves From...Ourselves

(114) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 8:05 AM

Copenhagen offers the prospect of a robust political deal, endorsed by the world's leaders and witnessed by the world's people, that sets out clear targets and a timeline for translating it into law. To be a truly historic achievement, such a deal must do two things.

First, it must...

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