Kofi Annan visited LSE twice. He addressed audiences in the Peacock Theatre a decade apart, in talks entitled “Interventions: a Life in War and Peace” in 2012, and in 2002 “From Doha to Johannesburg by way of Monterrey: how development can be achieved and sustained in the 21st century”. 

I will be pleased… if some of the young people here decide to make a career in international politics and diplomacy, because we need you in this interdependent world.

Kofi Annan at LSE

Kofi Annan (1938-2018) was a Ghanaian diplomat who became the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. He served two terms between 1997-2006 and in 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

His second talk at LSE, “Interventions: a Life in War and Peace” (the title of his memoir) was filmed on 4 October 2012 in the Peacock Theatre. The event’s chair was writer and broadcaster William Shawcross.

On 9 October 2012, LSE student newspaper The Beaver featured this write-up of Kofi Annan’s talk by John Armstrong, entitled “Kofi Annan on peace, security and the future of Africa”.

The Beaver, 9 October 2012

“Kofi Annan on peace, security and the future of Africa”, The Beaver, 9 October 2012

Kofi Annan had previously visited the Peacock Theatre at LSE on 25 February 2002, delivering a public lecture entitled “From Doha to Johannesburg by way of Monterrey: how development can be achieved and sustained in the 21st century”, chaired by Anthony Giddens.

Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, at the Global Dimensions lecture - From Doha to Johannesburg by way of Monterrey: How development can be achieved and sustained in the 21st century. 26th February 2002

Kofi Annan and Anthony Giddens, 25 February 2002. Credit: LSE

Watch the lecture at LSE’s Digital Library and see what The Beaver reported in the following week’s issue.

The Beaver, 4 March 2002 p1

The Beaver, 4 March 2002 p1

 

The Beaver, 4 March 2002 p6

The Beaver, 4 March 2002 p6

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