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Fred Eckhard

Fred Eckhard was Secretary-General Kofi Annan's spokesman from 1997 until Eckhard's retirement in 2005. He also served as a UN spokesman in Namibia (1989-90) and in Sarajevo, Bosnia (1992, and briefly in 1995) and as spokesman for the peace talks on the former Yugoslavia, co-sponsored by the UN and the European Community (1992-93). He was editor of UNA-USA's InterDependent magazine from its founding in 1973 until he joined the UN in 1985. Eckhard and his wife, Kathryn, live in Brittany, France.

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Turin is a delightfully walkable city on the River Po, with distinctive arcades along wide boulevards, grand squares, lovely parks, good restaurants and a comfortable pace of life. I had the good fortune to visit Turin with Kofi Annan in …

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  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — It turns out that in this small, landlocked West African country, the United Nations has a full plate of programs going and that former UN staffers can’t pull themselves away from here, immersed in projects …

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