Global Briefing in Brussels, 2011. CRISISGROUP/Tomas Peter Jansen

“Our Shared Humanity”: The Legacy of Kofi Annan

Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Invitation Only

3 - 4 June 2019

10:00am, 3 June 2019  4:00pm, 4 June 2019

In a decade as UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan championed a vision of global governance anchored in shared responsibility and the rights and dignity of the individual.

Confronted with multiple global crises that raised questions about the UN’s purpose, Annan pressed for human rights and development to be at the centre of international efforts and sought to broaden participation in shaping and delivering solutions to global challenges.

As the UN’s 75th anniversary approaches, this conference will explore Annan’s legacy for the future of global governance.

Questions include the appropriate response to high-profile and ongoing failures to prevent human rights atrocities and protect victims of conflict, the impact of technology on democracy, lessons from the Millennium Development Goals for the Sustainable Development Goals and ways to meaningfully involve civil society, businesses and individuals in addressing global challenges.

The conference will bring together key figures involved in Annan’s initiatives with actors currently engaged in conflict prevention, humanitarian action, human rights and development to identify lessons and generate forward-looking recommendations.

This conference is being held as part of a series, including a public event hosted by UNA-UK at Central Hall in Westminster, exploring Kofi Annan's legacy.

This initiative is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Open Society Foundations, and is endorsed by the Kofi Annan Foundation.

The event will be livestreamed.

Please note that the conference at Chatham House is by invitation only. Early registration is kindly requested as places are limited.

The public event being hosted by UNA-UK is a separate ticketed event. For more information and to purchase a ticket, please visit the following website.


Mark Malloch-Brown

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

Chair of Crisis Group's Board

Richard Gowan

UN Director

Comfort Ero

President & CEO

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