Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak in Ottawa on Thursday, May 23, 2013
OTTAWA, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner will deliver the Global Centre for Pluralism's Annual Lecture in Ottawa, ON, on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The title of this year's lecture is "Pluralism: Key Challenge of the 21st Century?"
Mr. Annan is a member of the Global Centre for Pluralism's Board of Directors, a body of eminent Canadian and international figures, chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan.
The Annual Pluralism Lecture Series recognizes the leadership of compelling individuals whose work has made or is making a practical difference in the world. Pluralism implies respect for diversity. Leadership for pluralism takes many forms and crosses many sectors. It can be exercised on the global stage, in national parliaments, in newsrooms, or in local schools and meeting halls. Based on decades of work on peace, security and development issues, Mr. Annan identifies pluralism as a key challenge of the 21st century. In this lecture, he will outline the attributes of inclusive societies and argue that diversity is a source of strength not discord.
Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1997 to 2006. While at the UN Mr. Annan established the Peacebuilding Commission and played a central role in the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. He championed responsibility of states to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
Mr. Annan was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace jointly with the United Nations. Since leaving the UN, Mr. Annan has continued to advocate for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest, particularly in Africa. Mr. Annan is the Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation
The 2013 Annual Pluralism Lecture will be live-streamed through the Globe and Mail website. John Stackhouse, the Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail will moderate the discussion with Mr. Annan.
|WHAT:||GLOBAL CENTRE FOR PLURALISM - ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES|
|●||Mr. Annan's lecture is a by-invitation-only event.|
|●||Members of the media may attend, but must register in advance in order to receive accreditation. Space is limited.|
|WHEN:||Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:30-7:30 PM (arrival 6:10 pm)|
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About the Global Centre for Pluralism
The Global Centre for Pluralism is an initiative of His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada. Dedicated to the creation of successful societies, the Centre is founded on the premise that respect, openness and understanding towards the cultures, social structures, values and faiths of other peoples are essential to the very survival of an interdependent world. Pluralism is no longer simply an asset or a prerequisite for progress and development. It is vital to our existence.
SOURCE: Global Centre for Pluralism
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