…people fixate on the environment when they’re at a loss for how to handle real threats. And if anyone was ever at a loss, it’s outgoing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan:

From AFP:

UN chief Kofi Annan demanded that world leaders give climate change the same priority as they did to wars and to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Annan declared: “The message is clear. Global climate change must take its place alongside those threats — conflict, poverty, the proliferation of deadly weapons — that have traditionally monopolised first-order political attention.”

Since we’re in the twilight of Annan’s reign, it’s probably time I let everyone know something about the leader, who once forwarded to the Rwandan government a fax from a Rwandan man informing the UN of a massacre that the same government was to carry out the next day. We haven’t heard from that informant since.

Anyway, here’s what the world should know about how Kofi Annan got his name. Annan was the first Secretary General to have advanced to that position from within the ranks of the UN itself. As a young man, Annan started at the UN’s World Health Organization in 1962, and when the big shots needed a caffeine jolt, they would yell out to the new guy, “Hey — Coffee!”


“Anon! Anon!”

So everyone thought the kid’s name was Coffee Anon, and it stuck (but the spelling was of course “Africanized”).