Kofi Annan: A man of peace in a world of war by Stanley Meisler

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April 2007, no. 290
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Kofi Annan: A man of peace in a world of war by Stanley Meisler

Wiley, $44.95 hb, 372 pp

Kofi Annan: A man of peace in a world of war by Stanley Meisler

by
April 2007, no. 290

The United Nations’ eighth secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, has just taken over what has been called the world’s worst job. But it is one that attracts fierce, devious and polite competition. Why would anyone seek, for less than $400,000 a year, to be the chief administrative officer of a non-government that cannot govern, a non-corporation that cannot borrow or invest? The UN’s total budget is about the same as the New York City school system, and the secretary-general has to beg 192 national stakeholders for funds even to carry out what they instruct him to do. Who would want to be answerable, as well, to a fifteen-member board, five of whose members use their permanency to frustrate others and advance their own interests, rather than those of the organisation?

Alison Broinowski reviews 'Kofi Annan: A man of peace in a world of war' by Stanley Meisler

Kofi Annan: A man of peace in a world of war

by Stanley Meisler

Wiley, $44.95 hb, 372 pp

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