Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Give Farewell Address
Kofi Annan, outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations, will give his last major speech in that role - Global Governance and the Role of the United States - on December 11, 2006 at 11:30 at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library in Independence, Mo.
Annan is expected to emphasize the need for accountable leadership at the national level but also at the global level, where the U.S. continues-as in Truman's day-to have extraordinary power and therefore special responsibilities. It must have the wisdom, and the humility, to exercise these responsibilities through a multilateral system in which power is shared and States are accountable to each other for their conduct.
Kofi Annan of Ghana is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and the first to be elected from the ranks of the United Nations staff. He began his first term on January 1, 1997 and will be succeeded by South Korea's former foreign minister, Ban Ki-Moon.
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The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library.