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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to speak at SXU

Tickets on sale now for Sept. 17 lecture

news story imageChicago (July 21, 2009) Tickets are on sale to see Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the fourth speaker in the highly successful SXU Voices & Visions Speaker Series at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Annan will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Annan will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, honoris causa, and present “The Five Rules of International Diplomacy,” a call for multilateralism and a renewed faith in a global approach to tackling the world’s problems.

General admission tickets are $20, plus service charge. A limited number of $200 priority tickets are available, which include priority seating and admission to an exclusive post-lecture wine and cheese reception with Annan. To purchase tickets, please click here or call (866) 468-3401.

Saint Xavier students, faculty and staff may attend for free but must reserve a ticket online. A valid Cougar Card must be presented the night of the lecture with the ticket.

Prior to his lecture, Annan will conduct a special classroom discussion with Saint Xavier students.

“We are very pleased that Former Secretary-General Annan continues our tradition of bringing the best of international figures to the Chicago area,” said Robert Tenczar, vice president for University Relations. “Mr. Annan is an ideal interpreter for our times and will undoubtedly provide a uniquely informed perspective as America works with other countries to meet the world’s challenges.”

Annan served as United Nations Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. During his tenure, he made his mark as an advocate for human rights, the rule of law and the revitalization of the United Nations. He has been a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS and a leader of the multilateral response to the global terrorist threat.

When elected to the Secretary-Generalship in 1997, Annan became the first Secretary-General to come directly from the United Nations staff, and the first from a black African nation to hold the position.

As Secretary-General, Annan worked to bolster the United Nation’s relationship with businesses and civil society groups, sponsoring a Global Compact initiative to promote corporate social responsibility. He was instrumental in laying out the Millennium Development Goals, a strategy to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by 2015. In 2005, Annan succeeded in persuading the United Nations to establish the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council, new intergovernmental bodies dedicated to global peace and welfare. Annan was also a chief proponent of the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. On Dec. 10, 2001, Annan and the United Nations received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Since leaving the United Nations, Annan has continued to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa. He has also continued to use his experience to mediate and resolve conflict. In Kenya in early 2008, Annan led the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities to help find a peaceful resolution to the post-election violence.

The event is sponsored by the Office for University Relations and in part by the Student Government Association.

For more information about the event, please contact the Office of Special Events at (773) 298-3311 or specialevents@sxu.edu, or click here.

Reporters interested in covering Annan’s lecture or taking advantage of a special media opportunity the day of the lecture should contact Assistant Director of Media Relations Rick Ducat at (773) 298-3325.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Rick Ducat
Asst. Dir. of Media Relations
(773) 298-3325 or ducat@sxu.edu