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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 19/01/2016

Kofi Annan and Kishore Mahbubani on the disadvantages of sanctions

The global community must rethink the use of sanctions against states, the former UN general secretary Kofi Annan and diplomat and political scientist Kishore Mahbubani urge in the liberal daily Il Sole 24 Ore: "Today, the United Nations Security Council has more sanctions regimes in place than at any time in its history. Judging by this escalation, one might conclude that sanctions have proved a remarkably effective tool in promoting international peace and security. Unfortunately, that is far from being the case. In fact, academic studies suggest that sanctions have had limited success. But the potential problems with sanctions regimes extend far beyond ineffectiveness. There is also evidence that sanctions can be counterproductive, such as when targeted regimes enrich themselves by controlling black markets in prohibited goods. … Given the disputed impact of sanctions, a new approach is needed. After all, public policy should be guided by evidence, not intuition and emotion. And the evidence indicates that, in order to achieve success and avoid unintended consequences, carefully calibrated sanctions must be pursued in tandem with political engagement."

La Vanguardia - Spain | 14/12/2009

Kofi Annan calls for a just climate deal

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan explains in the liberal daily La Vanguardia why only a climate agreement that is fair has a chance of success: "A deal that stops at rhetoric and does not actually meet the needs of the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries simply will not work. The climate cannot be 'fixed' in one continent and not another. Climate change does not respect national borders. We are all in the same boat; a hole at one end will sink us all. For it to work, climate justice must be at the heart of the agreement. An unfair deal will come unstuck. Industrialised countries such as the United States must naturally take the lead in reducing emissions and supporting others to follow suit, but developing countries like India or China also have an increasing responsibility to do so as their economies continue to grow."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 18/06/2008

Zero tolerance for Zimbabwe

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, writes of the political crisis in Zimbabwe: "It is grossly unfair to make any single country a litmus test for a whole continent. But there is no doubt that what we are seeing in Zimbabwe is tarnishing the reputation of Africa as a whole in the eyes of both friends and critics. ... We must do everything in our power to help make polling day free and fair. We must insist on the deployment of the greatest number of election monitors, on their freedom of movement, on zero tolerance for violence and intimidation. ... If the government, which many claim to be the author of violence, cannot ensure a fair vote, Africa must hold it accountable. The victor of an unfair vote must be under no illusions: he will neither have the legitimacy to govern, nor receive the support of the inter­national community."

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