NEW HAVEN — The United Nations must change with the times, the world peacekeeping group’s former leader told a Yale University audience Thursday. That includes expanding the U.N. Security Council and bringing pressure to bear on corporations that do harm to impoverished nations.
“I think reform is absolutely essential,” said Kofi Annan, the U.N.’s Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. “The world has changed. The world has evolved.”
Annan, 74, was in New Haven to celebrate the publication of a five-book set of his U.N. papers, a joint project by Yale and the City College of New York. Annan answered questions in a town hall format with John Negroponte, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who now teaches at Yale.
See the video on the Yale News site here.