High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

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A UN panel set up by Secretary-General Kofi Annan 'in a 3 November letter addressed to the President of the General Assembly, Julian Robert Hunte (Saint Lucia). He recalled that the Panel is “tasked with examining the major threats and challenges the world faces in the broad field of peace and security, including economic and social issues insofar as they relate to peace and security, and making recommendations for the elements of a collective response”.'[1]


The other 15 members of the Panel are:

  • Robert Badinter (France), Member of the French Senate and former Minister of Justice of France;
  • João Clemente Baena Soares (Brazil), former Secretary-General of the Organization of American States;
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway), former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization;
  • Mary Chinery-Hesse (Ghana), Vice-Chairman, National Development Planning Commission of Ghana and former Deputy Director-General, International Labour Organization;
  • Gareth Evans (Australia), President of the International Crisis Group and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia;
  • David Hannay (United Kingdom), former Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and United Kingdom Special Envoy to Cyprus;
  • Enrique Iglesias (Uruguay), President of the Inter-American Development Bank;
  • Amre Moussa (Egypt), Secretary-General of the League of Arab States;
  • Satish Nambiar (India), former Lt. General in the Indian Army and Force Commander of UNPROFOR;
  • Sadako Ogata (Japan), former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;
  • Yevgeny Primakov (Russia), former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation;
  • Qian Qichen (China), former Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China;
  • Nafis Sadik (Pakistan), former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund;
  • Salim Ahmed Salim (United Republic of Tanzania), former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity; and
  • Brent Scowcroft (United States), former Lt. General in the United States Air Force and United States National Security Adviser.