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Kofi Annan Quotes


Kofi Atta Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006.
(1938 - )

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Above all else, we need a reaffirmation of political commitment at the highest levels to reducing the dangers that arise both from existing nuclear weapons and from further proliferation.
 

Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
 

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
[Education]
 

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
 

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people.
[Begin]
 

If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development.
 

If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
 

If the United Nations does not attempt to chart a course for the world's people in the first decades of the new millennium, who will?
[Attempt]
 

In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.
 

In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.
 

In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.
 

Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.
 

It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
 

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
 

Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
 

More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.
[Equality]
 

More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
 

National markets are held together by shared values and confidence in certain minimum standards. But in the new global market, people do not yet have that confidence.
 

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
[History]
 

The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
 


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