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We the Peoples

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 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 from throughout his term of office. The selection gives 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. We the Peoples is a timely and much-needed reminder of Annan's ideas and priorities; his words on war, peace, humanity, and 'man's inhumanity to man' still resonate today. This book will offer many pointers for maintaining and developing the UN as a vital instrument for humanity in the coming decades.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1. The United Nations * The Legacy of Dag Hammarskjold * A Girl Born Today in Afghanistan * Unhealable Wounds: The Colleagues We Lost in Iraq * Pushing Rocks to the Top of the Mountain * Five Lessons Chapter 2. Development and the Global Community * The Emerging Power of Civil Society * A Global Compact with Business * Peace and Development * Global Market, Global Values * We the Peoples * Leadership is Coming from Women * Climate Change-An All-Encompassing Threat Chapter 3. Peace and Security * Preventing Deadly Conflict * The Use of Force * Cool and Reasoned Judgement * The Importance of Multilateralism * A Fork in the Road * Democracy, Terrorism, and Security * Non-Proliferation and Disarmament-Two Sides of a Coin Chapter 4. Human Rights * Against Racism * "The Very Heart of the UN's Mission" * "The Battle Is Never Finally Won" Chapter 5. Peacekeeping and Peaccebuilding * Swords into Ploughshares: The 50th Anniversary of UN Peacekeeping * What We Have Learnt Chapter 6. Africa * Africa's Third Wave * AIDS and Africa's Future * From OAU to African Union * An Exciting Time to Be an African Chapter 7. The Middle East * Israel and the United Nations * Following Sadat's Example * The Tragedy of Lebanon * Not Just a Regional Conflict Chapter 8. Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect * The International Criminal Court * On Intervention * An Emerging Norm * Two Concepts of Sovereignty * An Action Plan to Prevent Genocide * Remembering the Holocaust Chapter 9. The Value of Diversity * A Dialogue among and within Societies * Unity in Diversity * "The Faith We Must Have in Each Other" * "Naming Evil" * "A Small Confession"

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Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from January 1, 1997, to December 31, 2006, and was the first to emerge from the ranks of UN staff. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with the citation praising his leadership for "bringing new life to the organization."


Readers will come away with a better understanding of Annan's philosophy with regard to how the United Nations should participate in global governance and the role the secretary general should play in world affairs. Recommended reading for those interested in international relations or recent UN history. This is a strong companion to Annan's earlier work with Nadar Mousavizadeh, Interventions. -- We hear in this book the clear and persuasive voice of a man who stood at the turn of a century and believed that he could make a difference, personally and institutionally. And he did. Elected by states, he stood for people, and in dealing with both he changed for the better how we view international relations. -- Louise Arbour Kofi Annan is a man himself committed to the principles he asks of others. This vital book brings to us the principle of his indomitable credo: justice, peace and fulfillment of the real needs of the human condition for We The Peoples. -- Nadine Gordimer This long-awaited book by Kofi Annan provides remarkable lessons of history during his service as Secretary-General, combined with advice and counsel that are valuable to all world leaders for meeting future challengs and opportunities. -- Jimmy Carter

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