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Kofi Annan to give major policy address, Nov. 28

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will deliver a major policy address Tuesday, Nov. 28, hosted by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. As part of the event, undergraduate students plan to present Annan with the Crystal Tiger award for serving as an “agent of progress.”

Annan, who steps down as secretary-general in December, will highlight during his speech the dangers of global nuclear proliferation and the urgency of decisive moves toward general nuclear disarmament. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the Princeton campus.

“We at the Woodrow Wilson School are honored that Kofi Annan will deliver such an important speech here at Princeton as he nears the end of his term as secretary-general,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the school. “He has demonstrated principled and determined leadership in the face of the world’s most serious crises and ongoing challenges.”

Annan will be the third recipient of the Crystal Tiger, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to “enriching the human experience and who have inspired students at Princeton to pursue the same goal,” according to senior Cindy Chou of the Crystal Tiger award committee.

Tickets for the address are being made available to University students, faculty and staff via an online lottery system. A limited number of tickets will be made available to members of the general public.

The online lottery for individuals with valid Princeton University IDs will open at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and close at noon Monday, Nov. 13. One ticket per PUID is allowed.

Lottery winners will be notified Tuesday, Nov. 14, and must claim their tickets from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 15-17, at the Frist Ticket Office.

Members of the public who would like to attend the event cannot participate in the lottery, but must come in person to the Richardson box office from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- or until supplies last -- Monday, Nov. 27. One ticket will be allotted per person, and all individuals must bring a government-issued photo ID. The same ID should be brought the day of the event for identification by all members of the public attending the speech.

This event will be webcast live and will be simulcast in McCosh 50 and Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Members of the news media wishing to attend the speech should e-mail the University's Office of Communications at For security and accreditation purposes, journalists must list each member of the news organization hoping to attend.

All ticket holders will be required to bring their picture ID to gain entry to the event. No umbrellas, cameras or backpacks will be allowed into the venue.

More details about Annan's visit will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Steven Barnes in the Woodrow Wilson School's Office of External Affairs at or (609) 258-5988.


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