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Kofi Annan's Legacy

Edward Mortimer, Kofi Annan's chief speechwriter from 1998 and former director of communications at the United Nations from 2001-December 2006, will explore Kofi Annan's legacy in a public lecture at LSE on Thursday 25 January.

Kofi Annan was secretary general during ten years of momentous change in the world and in the international system. He sought to bring the UN closer to the world's peoples and to the realities of a new century, but his success was limited by deep divisions within the membership - especially between north and south and between the UK and the rest of the world.

Edward Mortimer has worked in the Executive Office of Kofi Annan, the secretary-general of the United Nations, since 1998, as head of the Speechwriting Unit and also, since 2001, as director of communications. From February 2007 he will be senior vice-president and director of programming at the Salzburg Seminar.

Professor William Wallace, LSE, will chair this event, which is one in a series of events hosted by LSE on The United Nations at 60 - relic or relevant?

Kofi Annan's Legacy is on Thursday 25 January 2007 at 6.30-8pm in U8, Tower One, LSE, Clement's Inn Passage, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

17 January 2007

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