Global thinking is key to future, Annan says

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Excerpt from the Buffalo News:

Former U. N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan exhorted University at Buffalo students Wednesday night to “think globally.”

“You cannot afford to think locally, given the world we live in,” Annan said. “Your decisions can have an impact, good or bad, on people across the planet.”

Annan, who headed the United Nations from 1997 to 2006 and earned a Nobel Peace Prize, opened the 2009-10 Distinguished Speakers Series at UB’s Alumni Arena.

The Ghanian-born Annan, 71, shared with the students five principles that he said are essential for the future of international relations, likening them to lessons he learned as secretary- general.

What those principles encompass, Annan said, is collective responsibility. “We are all responsible for each other’s security,” he said.

Former U. N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan exhorted University at Buffalo students Wednesday night to “think globally.”

“You cannot afford to think locally, given the world we live in,” Annan said. “Your decisions can have an impact, good or bad, on people across the planet.”

Annan, who headed the United Nations from 1997 to 2006 and earned a Nobel Peace Prize, opened the 2009-10 Distinguished Speakers Series at UB’s Alumni Arena.

The Ghanian-born Annan, 71, shared with the students five principles that he said are essential for the future of international relations, likening them to lessons he learned as secretary- general.

What those principles encompass, Annan said, is collective responsibility. “We are all responsible for each other’s security,” he said.

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