“If we let the UN Human Rights Council fail, we leave the field free to tyrants to call the shots.”
In response to calls to abandon the UN Human Rights Council as a mechanism for protecting and promoting human rights around the world, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan argues in the Christian Science Monitor that giving up on the Council would be a mistake.
Kofi Annan writes in Uganda's Daily Monitor that African farmers are already suffering the effects of climate change. He argues that the Green Climate Fund to be launched at the Durban climate conference could be crucial for investing in "a uniquely African Green Revolution."
Marchandages politiciens et trocs de votes caractérisent trop souvent les nominations à des postes internationaux. L'élection du prochain procureur de la Cour pénale internationale offre une occasion unique de choisir le candidat le plus qualifié, estime Kofi Annan dans une tribune publiée dans Libération (France).
Kofi Annan writes in Business Day (South Africa) that the election of new International Criminal Court prosecutor must result in the appointment of the most qualified candidate, and not, as is too often the case, the person thought least offensive to most countries.
In this article for the Daily Nation, Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan argue that scaling up immunisation across the world is crucial to achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 - the reduction of child mortality.
In an article for The International Herald Tribune, Kofi Annan explores how learning about the Holocaust can teach young people across the world to oppose racism and promote tolerance in their own societies.
In his lecture 'Bridging the World's Divides', held at the British Museum and extracted in The Independent, Kofi Annan argues for a renewed urgency to resolve conflicts and promote understanding between peoples.
Kofi Annan speaks of injustice, poverty and brutality and the failure of leaders who stand by. He hopes that this group will be able to help enemies make peace, and help address the causes of human suffering. He also calls on all of us to ask: what can I do?
On International Women's Day, The Elders advocate women's involvement in peace-building in Kenya, arguing that much more must be done to promote women's leadership and protect women's rights worldwide.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi and Graça Machel join their fellow African civil society leaders to urge an end to violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe ahead of the presidential run-off elections.
In an article for The International Herald Tribune, Kofi Annan reflects on the recent G-20 meeting in Washington, D.C. and explains why aid and development assistance can contribute to global security.
"We have a collective responsibility to do more to repair and strengthen the damaged fabric of fragile states. Not just for the good of their own citizens but for peace and stability in the rest of the world as well”
In advance of the G20 summit in London, Kofi Annan argues that people in the least developed countries may be the biggest casualties of the global financial crisis - one that they played no part in creating. This article first appeared in The Guardian.
A high-level panel of African leaders and development experts headed by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a call Friday for reforms of global governance structures to help Africa weather the international financial crisis.
Kofi Annan and Nicholas Stern argue that African governments need to decide how they will adapt their economies and protect their people from the effects of climate change, and that they must set out what they expect the international community to do to support them. This article first appeared in The Guardian.
Kofi Annan discusses the crisis in Zimbabwe and argues that we have a responsibility to support its people by helping to ensure a move from division to reconciliation as well as free and fair elections. This article first appeared in The Financial Times.
The Elders cancel their trip to Harare, where they had planned to listen to ordinary Zimbabweans and assess the extent of the country's humanitarian needs, after the government of Zimbabwe refused to cooperate in any way to make the visit possible.
The Elders present the results of their 3-day assessment of Zimbabwe's humanitarian situation and recommend the formation of a truly inclusive government, as well as international donor support, to tackle the crisis.
Following the MDC's announcement that it will join a government of national unity, The Elders call on all Zimbabweans to unite to end the terrible suffering in their country, and urge international donors to support this development.
The Elders warn that more than a million people in Sudan will suffer as a result of the government's decision to expel 13 international aid agencies and call on the international community to unite to address the worsening humanitarian situation in Sudan.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.