The former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner recently shared some of his thoughts about going green, leaving the United Nations and President Obama in current issue of TIME magazine. Here’s a taste of what the Ghanian trailblazer had to share:

Annan on combatting global warming:
We need the energy and involvement of everyone. This is our planet. We cannot and should not leave it to the leaders alone.

Annan on U.N’s greatest disappointment during his tenure:
Our failure to stop the war in Iraq. Some of us knew it was going to be a disaster and tried very hard to stop it. We’ve all seen the results.

Annan on President Obama:
I think President Obama has started extremely well. There’s a lot of goodwill and support for him arround the world. I think we all need to help him succeed, and we should start by reducing expectations.