Annan names Vīķe-Freiberga as U.N. envoy

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.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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