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Kofi Annan

The Unfinished Reform Of Selecting The United Nations Secretary General

The Conversation Global | Posted 10.05.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

The impending appointment of a new United Nations secretary general provides an excellent opportunity to address some of the shortcomings in current processes - but the Security Council may not be totally on board.

The Global Search for Education: The Millennial Bloggers - Distrust in Leadership

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.24.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve the 17 SDGs over the next 15 years. The goals address the n...

In Myanmar, A Golden Opportunity for American Soft Power

Philip Smucker | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Philip Smucker

While in the U.S. this week, Suu Kyi is being applauded as a Nobel Peace Laureate and champion of the oppressed, her authority, mostly moral and political, but non-military, remains fragile at best. Without dedicated U.S. support for years to come, Myanmar stands to crumble as a patchwork of diversity and revert once more to authoritarian rule.

Locking In Obama's Global Leadership Legacy

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

By all accounts, Barack Obama wants to bequeath to his successor a new secretary-general strong enough to stand up to any rogue national leader.

Celebrating Africa's Entrepreneurial Spirit

Caroline Kende-Robb | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Caroline Kende-Robb

Africa's energy revolution, one of the biggest overlooked stories of our time, is poised to change the lives of millions of Africans. Why has it been...

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan Says the War on Drugs has Failed

Jon Greenberg | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Jon Greenberg

In the United States, while there are shifting patterns of drug use, there is no simple relationship to the severity of the nation's drug laws. The caveat is that from the European study, relaxing penalties had equally unpredictable results. Annan's statement needs that bit of context. We rate this claim Mostly True.

Why I'm Calling to End the War on Drugs

Kofi Annan | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Kofi Annan

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 in the formulation of global drug policies.

Shaking up Finance and Banking in Africa

Caroline Kende-Robb | Posted 03.25.2016 | Impact
Caroline Kende-Robb

Transforming the financing environment is the way to unleash Africa's full potential, for the benefit of all Africans for generations to come. Let's start now.

Friday Talking Points -- Is Trump Bigger Than Liam Neeson?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A nationally-televised presidential debate stage is, indeed, neither the time nor the place, one would think. This year, however, all the rules have been thrown out and we've got Donald Trump and Marco Rubio comparing relative penis sizes in their effort to become the so-called leader of the free world.

2016: A Year for Passionate Intensity and Positive Change

Kofi Annan | Posted 01.11.2017 | Impact
Kofi Annan

Now more than ever, leaders must show responsible judgement and respect for human rights and ethical values, rather than reaching for scapegoats and short-term solutions.

Africa Has to Be Part of Solution to Climate Change

Kofi Annan | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Kofi Annan

"The living will envy the dead." We are close to reaching the tipping point beyond which man-made climate change risks denying my grandson and his generation the right to a healthy and sustainable planet.

Action After Addis: 10 Ways to Finance Africa's Energy Opportunity

Caroline Kende-Robb | Posted 07.16.2016 | Impact
Caroline Kende-Robb

Africa can leapfrog over the damaging energy practices that have brought the world to the brink of catastrophe -- and show the world the way to a low-carbon future.

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly ajorbahman.blog...

The Next 10 Years in Global Democracy

Kofi Annan | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Kofi Annan

I remain optimistic that one day we will see a world where leaders look beyond the next electoral cycle or the next shareholder meeting. Where we collectively realize that we do not live in a zero-sum world where someone's gain automatically comes at another's expense.

Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Kamara

One Young World is the preeminent global forum for leaders aged 18-30. The not-for-profit organization hosts an annual Summit with 1,300 delegates from all 196 countries; drawn from businesses, universities, NGOs and other forward thinking organizations.

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

Kofi Annan | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Kofi Annan

GENEVA -- The Security Council must be enlarged, and developing countries should be given greater voting rights in the Bretton Woods institutions: the IMF and the World Bank. In exchange, the world's newest powers must begin to take on a greater share of responsibility for the global order upon which their success depends. They can no longer stand on the sidelines, denouncing the injustices of the past. Instead, they must join their peers in building the future.

The Politics of UN Leadership

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

The contest for UN secretary-general is about neither vision nor the best resume, language skills, administrative ability, or even personal charisma. It is a political decision, made principally by the Permanent 5 members of the Security Council. The result is that the "least unacceptable" candidate gets the job.

Why You May Care More About Education Than You Realize

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

We recently made a short video with a cheeky challenge: DO NOT READ THIS. The idea was to force people to think about how integral literacy is to their daily lives since it is a skill most of us (reading this sentence right now) take for granted.

Sesame Street Is 45 This Year: Our Favorite Celebrity Moments!

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

What do Robert DeNiro, Jason Mraz, First Lady Michelle Obama, David Beckham, Alicia Keys and Kofi Annan all have in common? They, along with hundreds of actors, politicians, athletes and rock stars have appeared on Sesame Street.

'A Bridge From Misery to Hope'

Anita Casalina | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Take a minute the next time you're stuck behind that school bus to be thankful that you can read and participate in our society fully. Make time to read to children. Consider volunteering for the adult literacy program in your area. And read something fun, just because you can.

Karama's Story

Natalie McDonnell | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Natalie McDonnell

I was back in the office after vacation and the voice of Karama, a young Palestinian living in the middle of the conflict in Gaza, came out of the speaker as I was listening to my messages.

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world's longest war: the war on drugs.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Tom Weis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
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Tom Weis

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

Beyond the Paradox: Realising Africa's Agricultural Revolution (AGRF 2014)

Liz Wilson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Africa spends about $35 billion per year importing food. Imagine if it went to our farmers and fishing communities instead. Attending the Alliance f...

Matt Ferner

REPORT: World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governm...