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Launched at the United Nations (UN) in New York on October 17, the Human Security Report 2005 documents a dramatic, but largely unknown, decline in the number of wars, genocides and human rights violations over the past decade. The Report argues that the single most compelling explanation for these changes is found in the unprecedented upsurge of international activism, spearheaded by the UN, which took place in the wake of the Cold War. Professor Andrew Mack is Director of the Human Security Centre at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia. He was Director of the Strategic Planning Unit in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 1998-2001. He has held research and teaching posts at world-class institutions all over the globe, and his career has included periods as a pilot in the UK's Royal Air Force, as a meteorologist in Antarctica, as a diamond prospector in Sierra Leone and as a journalist with the BBC. (An Office of UBC International Global Citizenship Speakers Series
lecture originally presented on 21-Nov-2005)