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Kofi Annan Lecture Series 2022: Inaugural speaker announcement

Starting September 23rd 2022, the Kofi Annan Foundation, International Peace Institute (IPI), Crisis Group and Open Society Foundations will co-organize an annual “Kofi Annan Lecture Series” in New York, around the time of the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly. These lectures will focus on issues that Kofi Annan prioritized, including peacemaking, peacebuilding, and strengthening the international system.

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“It is easy to admire Kofi’s virtues in retrospect, but it is more difficult than ever for leaders to replicate them in the present.”
– from the OpEd ‘Kofi Annan’s Lessons in Global Leadership’

Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

The Inaugural Kofi Annan Lecture to be delivered by Prime Minister Mia Mottley

The first Kofi Annan Lecture is set to take place on the morning of September 23rd in New York and will be live-streamed. For its inauguration, the Kofi Annan Lecture will be delivered by Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados. The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., became Barbados’ eighth and first female Prime Minister on May 25, 2018. In 2022, Mia Mottley was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people.

From poverty to climate change, Mia Mottley has cared deeply about critical issues impacting the world from a young age. She is a vocal advocate for responsible stewardship of the planet. At COP26 in Glasgow, she chided the world’s leaders for not working more diligently to limit the potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Remarks will begin at 10 am EDT / 4 pm CEST

Welcome Remarks:

  • Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, IPI President
  • Nane Annan, Wife of His Excellency the late Kofi Annan, Member of the Board of Directors of the Kofi Annan Foundation
  • Mark Malloch-Brown, President of the Open Society Foundations

Featured Speaker:

  • H.E. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

Concluding Remarks:

  • Comfort Ero, President of International Crisis Group
  • Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, IPI President

The event will be live-streamed on the IPI website and IPI’s FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and YouTube.

Watch the Lecture

The Kofi Annan Lectures will allow speakers to set out new ideas and agendas for international cooperation and diplomacy, recalling Kofi Annan’s role in championing rules-based cooperation and sustainable solutions.

Read the op-ed “Kofi Annan’s Lessons in Global Leadership” authored by the Kofi Annan Lecture partners and published by Project Syndicate.

Learn more about the Kofi Annan Lectures