Kofi Annan of Ghana is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and the first to be elected from the ranks of United Nations staff. In more than 35 years with the Organization, his career has encompassed refugee protection, management, budget, personnel, peacekeeping, and various special assignments. Mr. Annan's priorities as Secretary-General have been to revitalize the United Nations through a comprehensive programme of reform; to strengthen the Organization's traditional work in the areas of development and peace and security; to advocate human rights and the rule of law; to exercise his “good offices” where appropriate; and to restore public confidence in the Organization by, in his words, “bringing the United Nations closer to the people.”
Mónica Araya is the Director of the Sustainable Americas Project at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. She is a Research Associate and Co-ordinator of Programs at the Global Environment and Trade Study (GETS). Her research focuses on the trade and environment debate and its North–South interface. Previously she worked as an adviser to the Department of International Negotiations at the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica. She holds a Master's degree in Economic Policy (Universidad Nacional) and a Master's degree in Environmental Management (Yale University).
Maria Livanos Cattaui was appointed Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in 1996. As chief executive of the world business organization, she is responsible for over