During his momentous time as Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan played a decisive role in launching the Millennium Development Goals, establishing the International Criminal Court, and articulating the Responsibility to Protect as a guiding principle for international action. In 2001--just after the attacks of 9/11--he and the UN jointly received the Nobel Peace PrizeDuring his momentous time as Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan played a decisive role in launching the Millennium Development Goals, establishing the International Criminal Court, and articulating the Responsibility to Protect as a guiding principle for international action. In 2001--just after the attacks of 9/11--he and the UN jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world. These and other crucial events including the crises over Kosovo and East Timor, and the war in Iraq--are encapsulated in this book of Kofi Annan s key speeches throughout his term of office. These highlights have been carefully selected, edited, and introduced to give a broad view of Annan s most pressing concerns and the eloquence with which he addressed them. Covering subjects from development, health, and climate change to the prevention of genocide and the ideal of diversity, these statements show how deeply involved the UN was in the most important issues of the era. In them, Annan poignantly addresses not just political leaders and diplomats, but the individuals he considers emblematic of the dilemmas the world faces the young girl born in Afghanistan on the day Annan accepted the Nobel Peace Prize; the child soldier in Sierra Leone; and every one of the 23 members of what he calls the UN family killed by a truck bomb in Iraq. Separate chapters on Africa and the Middle East reveal Annan s special concern with some of the world s biggest challenges, ongoing in an era of crises in Syria, Egypt, and beyond.Since leaving the UN, Kofi Annan has established his own Foundation in Geneva and serves as Chairman of the the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Elders and the Africa Progress Panel. He received the very first MacArthur Award for International Justice; mediated a political settlement to end the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008; served as Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the Arab League for Syria (2012); and published a widely reviewed book, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace. These and other activities have confirmed his role as an influential global actor beyond his time at the UN. This book reminds us how his ideas and priorities were incubated and, indeed, proclaimed. His words on war, peace, humanity, and man s inhumanity to man still resonate in many ways and offer many pointers for maintaining and developing the UN as a vital instrument for humanity in the coming decades....
|Title||:||We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century|
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We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century Reviews
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***I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own ***Kofi Annan is a former Secretary-General of the United Nations, so one must therefore take the speeches contained in this volume with a grain of salt. Overall, I thought Kofi Annan did an admirable job of articulating the issues that the international community will have to reckon with in the future. The 21st Century isn't going to be a world where war and peace are the only things that matters. I thought the speeches on gender equality, poverty, Aids, etc. really helped in articulating this message. Although Annan's remarks attempted to sound a hopeful and upbeat note, I have to question why we should believe the UN of the Twenty-First Century will be more effective in dealing with these new challenges given the impotence of the UN as we know it. The veto players in the Security Council can prevent any meaningful action on the war and peace and without peace, these other issues cannot be tackled. As long as the self-interests of powerful actors can stall meaningful action by seemingly endless debates over terminology and semantics, I fear that Annan has produced nothing more than nice thoughts.
I came to this book thinking that I'd fall asleep while reading endless streams of political pablum. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself challenged by some of Annan's points. I loved the early references to Dag Hammarskjold--what a great man. The Interventions chapter was one of the more intriguing. I did not expect to read the Secretary-General for the UN speaking in favor of interventions in sovereign nations. However, his argument for multilateral interventions (which does not always mean military interventions, mind you) was quite persuasive. Genocide must be stopped.I did receive an ARC, which I am grateful for.
I actually knew very little about Mr. Annan prior to reading this book of selected speeches that he had made. I found his thoughts/reasoning to be very clear and insightful. Mr. Annan represents the very essence of a true statesman for the entire "we the peoples" of the world. He is both compassionate and chiding; respectful; quite knowledgeable about the many, many different peoples of the Earth-their religious/ethnic/technological/developmental differences and eloquent in his beliefs and visions.I wish him the best of success in his current and future endeavors.