Permanent Link: Kofi Annan's address at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library

From UN Pulse 11th December 2006:

Kofi Annan, made his last major speech today at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Missouri in the house that honors the legacy of Harry S Truman. During his "difficult but exhilarating job" as Secretary-General, he said he had learnt five lessons:

  • We are all responsible for each other's security.

  • We can and must give everyone the chance to benefit from global prosperity.

  • Both security and prosperity depend on human rights and the rule of law.

  • States must be accountable to each other, and to a broad range of non-state actors, in their international conduct.

  • States must work together through a multilateral system.

These lessons could be summed up as five principles, essential for the future conduct of international relations: collective responsibility, global solidarity, the rule of law, mutual accountability, and multilateralism. He closed by stating that Americans had done much in the last century to build an effective multilateral system with the UN at its heart; the system still cried out for far-sighted American leadership in the Truman tradition which he hoped and prayed American leaders of today, and tomorrow, would provide.
See Kofi Annan's other major statements.