10 March 2006

Sir Hans Singer "True Pioneer" in Development Economics, Says Secretary-General in Message to Memorial Service

NEW YORK, 9 March (UN Headquarters) -- Following is United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's message to the memorial service for Hans Singer in Brighton, 8 March:

I am honoured to join in this tribute to Sir Hans Singer, a true pioneer and titan in the world of development economics. In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Hans made an immeasurable contribution to post-war development strategies, to the fight against poverty, and to our understanding of the impact of global trade dynamics on the developing world.

We in the United Nations family owe him a particular debt of gratitude for his role in shaping our work, from its earliest years onwards.  The enduring benefit of his guiding hand can be felt to this day in several United Nations entities -- from the Secretariat to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Sir Hans leaves the most precious legacy possible -- a wealth of insights that will further the cause of development for many years to come, and the hope that he gave to the people he worked to help.

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