Latvian President named envoy to help promote Annans reform agenda ahead of

Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga completes the Secretary-General’s team of envoys who have agreed to use their good offices to help him promote the reforms outlined in his report, “In Larger Freedom,” which calls for the most far-reaching reforms in the UN’s 60-year history.With his report, Mr. Annan has placed before world leaders an agenda for action to move the world decisively towards important goals: halving poverty in the next decade; reducing the threat of war, terrorism and deadly weapons; and advancing human dignity in every land.As Latvia’s Head of State, President Vike-Freiberga has actively supported the need for UN reform. Elected to a second term in office in 2003, she has successfully guided her nation through a period of active reforms leading to full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).President Vike-Freiberga joins the other envoy’s appointed last week: Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern of Ireland; Ali Alatas, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia; former President Joaquin Chissano of Mozambique; and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo. read more