Videos of Kofi Annan’s Lecture and Discussion on Diversity and Peace in the 21st Century

Kofi Annan on jacket of his new book which tells the story of his remarkable time at the center of the world stage.

Kofi Annan on jacket of his new book which tells the story of his remarkable time at the center of the world stage.


INTRODUCTION: By clicking on the above image or hyperlink you will have an opportunity to see numerous videos and transcripts from an event hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism as part of its Annual Lecture Series. The 2013 lecture was delivered by Kofi Annan on May 23 at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada, and included remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Ismaili Imam and direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, who is also the Chairman of the Global Centre for Pluralism. In his speech he acknowledged Mr. Kofi Annan’s tireless work to foster peaceful dialogue around the world. Other remarks were given by Canada’s former Governor General, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, and the Global Centre’s Secretary General John McNee. The Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, John Stackhouse, led a Q & A with Mr. Kofi Annan.

Again, for a very comprehensive coverage of the event as well as to view all the videos, please click on The Global Centre for Pluralism.

The following are other links covering the event:

1. Readers may wish to view an edited version of John Stackhouse’s Q & A session with Mr. Annan at the newspaper’s website  by clicking on Kofi Annan in Conversation with Globe and Mail’s John Stackhouse. 

2. TRANSCRIPT: “As you know, Kofi Annan retired from his official post six years ago. But he has in no way retired from his role as an active global statesman – tirelessly working to foster peaceful dialogue around the world…” — His Highness the Aga Khanmore at AKDN

3. TRANSCRIPT: “Ladies and gentlemen, Kenya and Syria are two different examples from my own experience which show why the Aga Khan and the Canadian Government are to be commended for having the vision and generosity to create this institution [Global Centre for Pluralism]….” — Kofi Annan… more at Kofi Annan Foundation (note, this is a pre-released text).

4. ARTICLE: To read The Globe and Mail report of the speech, please click Syria’s civil war likely to explode – Kofi Annan. The article includes several comments posted by its readers, and you might wish to participate in the discussion.


A Life in War and Peace: A Statesman’s Forum with Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan

Readers may be interested in Kofi Annan’s presentation and a Q & A session at the Brookings institute in Washington DC to mark the release of his memoir Interventions: A Life in War and Peace (Penguin Press, 2012). Please click on Kofi Annan – Brookings Lecture and Q & A Session or image below:

Please click to watch Kofi Annan's presentation  at the Brookings Institution.

Please click to watch Kofi Annan’s presentation at the Brookings Institution.