The Drew Forum Presents Kofi Annan

Former secretary-general will appear as 2010 Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer

MADISON, NJ—On April 13, former United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Kofi Annan will issue an inspiring call for multilateralism as the final lecturer in the 2009-10 Drew Forum series at Drew University.  Annan, who will appear as this year’s Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer, will offer five rules of international diplomacy that he has gleaned during his lifelong career at the UN.

Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the U.N.’s seventh secretary-general from 1997 to 2006, began his career as a budget officer for the World Health Organization.  Prior to leading the U.N., he served as the assistant secretary-general in the divisions of human resources from 1987-90, program planning, budget and finance from 1990-92, and peacekeeping operations from 1993-94.  Annan began serving as under-secretary-general until he was appointed a special representative of the secretary-general to the former Yugoslavia in 1995.  He returned to his under-secretary-general position in 1996.          

During his tenure as Secretary-General, Annan used his office to resolve the 1999 conflict between Libya and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and to orchestrate an international response to the violence in East Timor.  He is also credited with helping to end hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah, and mediating an agreement between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi peninsula in 2006.  Two years earlier, Annan went on the record as saying that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was, according to the U.N. charter, “illegal.”

Kofi Annan will appear at Drew on April 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the school’s Simon Forum.  Tickets are $32.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call the box office at 973/408-3917.     


Posted: April 1, 2010