Kofi Annan received the prize, the Tällberg Foundation writes in its motivation, for “staying true to his principled pragmatism throughout his ten years at the helm of the United Nations. Mr. Annan steered his course under tremendous pressures through turbulent and troubling times. With his inner calm and clarity of values, he offered African Ubuntu and Nordic consensus to the negotiation tables, however not always accepted by conflicting powers.”
– Kofi Annan has emerged as one of the world’s leaders with the moral rectitude that we all need to solve our common global crises of human equity, the environment and welfare, says Bo Ekman, founder and chairman of Tällberg Forum.
The contribution from the Lottery enables Kofi Annan to take concrete action using his outstanding leadership skills to create real change on the ground, says Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, CEO of Svenska PostkodLotteriet. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Tällberg Forum in presence of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf.
The Leadership Award was presented during the Tällberg Forum 2008.