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Speaking to a small, well-heeled group in downtown Toronto Wednesday night, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan conceded his peace mission to Syria this year was doomed to failure.

“Mission impossible,” he said succinctly.

He’s not wrong. But the question left unanswered is this: Is the UN in its current form capable of accomplishing any goals — missions possible, if you will — that are worth accomplishing?

Mr. Annan’s answer would be a qualified yes.

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He was in town as a guest of the Bon Mot Book Club, the creation of Canadian entrepreneur Leah Costello. It brings influential public thinkers and global experts to dinners in small, intimate environments. Mr. Annan also met about a dozen guests before the dinner and shared his thoughts on the state of global affairs. As always, much of the discussion focused on the Middle East, specifically Iran, Syria and the prospects for peace…

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