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Vol 3 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2010


Kofi Annan

former United Nations Secretary General and Professor, National University of Singapore

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is taking African advocacy directly to Asia, as he takes up his appointment as Li Ka-shing Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. After calling on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Annan delivered a speech at the National University of Singapore on 26 February. Annan commended Asian governments that base their legitimacy on delivering development – a gentle formulation that includes authoritarian and democratic governments alike. But by the end of the speech, Annan was pushing hard for African engagement that was transparent, fair and sustainable. He then travelled to Indonesia to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and address the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat.

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