United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga as one of five envoys charged with promoting his reform agenda in the months before a summit set in September in New York.
Vīķe-Freiberga and the other envoys will promote the secretary-general’s agenda outlined in a report entitled In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All. The report makes recommendations for changing the U.N. with an eye to meeting a number of goals, including cutting world poverty in half over the next 10 years.
Joining Vīķe-Freiberga as envoys are Dermot Ahern, minister of foreign affairs of Ireland; Ali Alatas, former foreign minister of Indonesia; Joaquin Chissano, former president of Mozambique, and Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico.
“As Latvia’s head of state, President Vīķe-Freiberga has actively supported the need for UN reform,” the U.N. said in a press release announcing her selection.
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