Nane Annan, wife of United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan, will speak on the “Global Crisis in Africa” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium at the University of St. Thomas.

Free and open to the public, the talk is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Minnesota, the Better World Campaign and St. Thomas’ Political Science Department, Justice and Peace Studies Program and Master of International Management Program.

Sometimes called the “First Lady of the United Nations,” Annan will discuss globalization’s impact on Africa, the AIDS crisis, Africa’s struggling economies and the continent’s political challenges.

Annan (her first name, Nane, rhymes with “man”) is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. Her father was an international jurist and she grew up in Morocco, Algeria, Tanzania and Italy.

Annan, 53, is a lawyer, artist and mother of three. In Sweden she served as a judge and legal expert for various government commissions. She later worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, where she met her husband, Kofi. They were married in 1981.

For more information about the talk, call St. Thomas’ Master of International Management Program, (651) 962-4840, or send an e-mail to


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