110+ Kofi Annan Quotes On Youth, Peace And Education

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  1. We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
  2. We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation, and basic health care.
  3. ...there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.
  4. Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defense spending there is.
  5. When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.
  6. 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.
  7. It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
  8. You're never too young to lead.
  9. ...let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations.
  10. I am not afraid to dream. You first have to start with a dream. Build your castles in the air and give it foundation. Without a dream, you are not going to get anywhere.

Kofi Annan Short Quotes

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  • I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.
  • Reform is a process, and not an event.
  • The happiness of any society begins with the well being of the families that live in it.
  • More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.
  • To live is to choose.
  • The gap between the rich and the poor cannot keep growing without nothing being done about it.
  • Neutrality is a tough call for the weaker ones.
  • The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
  • The US-led invasion of Iraq was an illegal act that contravened the UN charter.
  • Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

Kofi Annan Quotes On Youth

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No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline. — Kofi Annan

Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death. — Kofi Annan

Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Peace

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Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace — Kofi Annan

We must restore the sacredness of the family as a bedrock of humane values everywhere, in peace as well as in war. — Kofi Annan

Good, healthy democratic societies are built on three pillars: there's peace and stability, economic development, and respect for rule of law and human rights. And where all three are present, you stand a very good chance of making a go of it. — Kofi Annan

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. — Kofi Annan

Sadly, a prize for peace is a rarity in this world. Most nations have monuments or memorials to war, bronze salutations to heroic battles, archways of triumph. But peace has no parade, no pantheon of victory. — Kofi Annan

Terrorism constitutes a direct attack on the values the UN stands for: the rule of law; the protection of civilians; peaceful resolution of conflicts; and mutual respect between people of different faiths and cultures. — Kofi Annan

The future of peace and prosperity that we seek for all the world's peoples needs a foundation of tolerance, security, equality and justice. — Kofi Annan

To build a more healthy, peaceful and equitable world the classrooms of the world have to be full of girls as well as boys. — Kofi Annan

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

In some ways, the challenges are even more daunting than they were at the peak of the cold war. Not only do we continue to face grave nuclear threats, but those threats are being compounded by new weapons developments, new violence within States and new challenges to the rule of law. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Education

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Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. — Kofi Annan

No one is born a good citizen or a good democrat or a good leader; it takes time and education. — Kofi Annan

Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship. — Kofi Annan

Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life. — Kofi Annan

literacy is at the heart of sustainable development — Kofi Annan

For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right. — Kofi Annan

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope... Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. — Kofi Annan

To educate girls is to reduce poverty. — Kofi Annan

Education is a human right with immense power to transform — Kofi Annan

On this International Literacy Day, let us recall that literacy for all is an integral part of education for all, and that both are critical for achieving truly sustainable development for all. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Leadership

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One must also acknowledge that there are moments in an organisation's development when fresh blood and new vision are required, which may imply that an outsider may be better suited to the leadership role. — Kofi Annan

Whether our task is fighting poverty, stemming the spread of disease or saving innocent lives from mass murder, we have seen that we cannot succeed without the leadership of the strong and the engagement of all. — Kofi Annan

The fight against HIV/AIDS requires leadership from all parts of government - and it needs to go right to the top. AIDS is far more than a health crisis. It is a threat to development itself. — Kofi Annan

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. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Human Rights

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It is my aspiration that health finally will be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for. — Kofi Annan

International law now grants rights to all human beings, not only to citizens. — Kofi Annan

The reality is that no group of countries has any grounds for complacency about its own human rights performance and no group of countries does itself justice by automatically slipping into the "victim" mode . . . . — Kofi Annan

The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights.That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole. — Kofi Annan

Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another. What begins with the failure to uphold the dignity of one life all too often ends with a calamity for entire nations. — Kofi Annan

Often, we take stability - peace in terms of security and economic activity - to mean a country is doing well. We forget the third and important pillar of rule of law and respect for human rights, because no country can long remain prosperous without that third pillar. — Kofi Annan

A United Nations that will not stand up for human rights is a United Nations that cannot stand up for itself. — Kofi Annan

We will not enjoy security without development, we will not enjoy development without security, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights. — Kofi Annan

[Refugees] cannot be stopped, but they can and must be managed better, more humanely, protecting migrants' human rights whilst accepting states' rights to control their borders. — Kofi Annan

Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Poverty

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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. — Kofi Annan

Poverty devastates families, communities and nations. It causes instability and political unrest and fuels conflict. — Kofi Annan

If we are to make poverty history, we must have the active participation of States, civil society and the private sector, as well as individual volunteers. — Kofi Annan

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. — Kofi Annan

Let us, above all, be clear that, without a convincing program of debt relief to start the new millennium, our objective of halving world poverty by 2015 will be only a pipe dream. — Kofi Annan

From this vision of the role of the United Nations in the next century flow three key priorities for the future: eradicating poverty, preventing conflict and promoting democracy. — Kofi Annan

Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. — Kofi Annan

All our efforts to defeat poverty and pursue sustainable development will be in vain if environmental degradation and natural resource depletion continue unabated. — Kofi Annan

Let us work in partnerships between rich and poor to improve the opportunities of all human beings to build better lives. — Kofi Annan

In an era of global abundance, our world has the resources to reduce dramatically the massive divides that persist between rich and poor, if only those resources can be unleashed in the service of all peoples. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Knowledge

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Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated. — Kofi Annan

Microfinance recognizes that poor people are remarkable reservoirs of energy and knowledge — Kofi Annan

Microfinance recognizes that poor people are remarkable reservoirs of energy and knowledge, posing an untapped opportunity to create markets, bring people in from the margins and give them the tools with which to help themselves. — Kofi Annan

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. — Kofi Annan

My intimate knowledge of the [UN] system allowed me to get things done despite the many obstacles. — Kofi Annan

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

Kofi Annan Quotes On Democracy

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Founded on the principles of private initiative, entrepreneurship and self-employment, underpinned by the values of democracy, equality and solidarity, the co-operative movement can help pave the way to a more just and inclusive economic order. — Kofi Annan

It is tragic that so few young people in Western democracies vote. They have forgotten that their ancestors fought for the right to choose and change their leaders. They don't realise that their votes are more important than their tweets or Facebook posts. — Kofi Annan

Democracy is, in essence, a form of non-violent conflict management. If war is the worst enemy of development, healthy and balanced development is the best form of conflict prevention. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Environment

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A developed country is one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment — Kofi Annan

The preservation of biodiversity is not just a job for governments. International and non-governmental organisations, the private sector and each and every individual have a role to play in changing entrenched outlooks and ending destructive patterns of behaviour — Kofi Annan

Over time you get to understand the nature of man and the environments you are dealing with, and you can't always allow emotions and temper to flare up because you're displeased with something, or you want to change it. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Inspiring

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The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all. — Kofi Annan

Let us choose to unite the power of markets with the authority of universal ideals. Let us choose to reconcile the creative forces of private entrepreneurship with the needs of the disadvantaged and the requirements of future generations. — Kofi Annan

Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On People

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We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world's people share the benefits of globalization. — Kofi Annan

I have always believed that on important issues, the leaders must lead. Where the leaders fail to lead, and people are really concerned about it, the people will take the lead and make the leaders follow. — Kofi Annan

I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen? I reply that it begins in your own community. — Kofi Annan

Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract - sustainable development - and turn it into a reality for all the world's people — Kofi Annan

It is not in the United Nations that the Millennium Development Goals will be achieved. They have to be achieved in each of its Member States, by the joint efforts of their governments and people. — Kofi Annan

As I travel around the world, people think the only place where there is potential conflict [over] water is the Middle East, but they are completely wrong. We have the problem all over the world. — Kofi Annan

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? — Kofi Annan

Have confidence in the young people, give them a chance, and they will surprise you. — Kofi Annan

In an era of globalisation, AIESEC's programmes have helped young people around the world to develop a broader understanding of cultural socio-economic and business management issues. — Kofi Annan

You saw the traumas that people lived through, and wondered what it will take to move us as a human community, as humanity, to help in these dangerous situations. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On Global

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If globalization is to succeed, it must succeed for poor and rich alike. It must deliver rights no less than riches. It must provide social justice and equity no less than economic prosperity and enhanced communication. — Kofi Annan

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

Globalization is a fact of life. But I believe we have underestimated its fragility. — Kofi Annan

We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face. — Kofi Annan

The global work of the United Nations is not without reason compared to that of a family - striving for a common goal in concert with all members for a better future. — Kofi Annan

We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step. — Kofi Annan

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. — Kofi Annan

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. — Kofi Annan

This is an historic step forward in the world's efforts to combat a truly global threat. — Kofi Annan

The Security Council should be seen as the executive committee of the global security system set up after World War II. Its members, and especially the Permanent 5 (P5), have a special responsibility for international peace and security. — Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Quotes On World

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The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost all the States in the world, is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being. — Kofi Annan

The war on drugs has failed in West Africa and around the world — Kofi Annan

We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately. We are all in the same boat. — Kofi Annan

If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world. — Kofi Annan

I often quote an African proverb that says: "The world is not ours, the earth is not ours, It's a treasure we hold in trust for future generations." And I often hope we will be worthy of that trust. — Kofi Annan

This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable. It is long overdue that a day be dedicated to remembering and supporting the many victims and survivors of torture around the world. — Kofi Annan

If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever. — Kofi Annan

The international community... allows nearly 3 billion people - almost half of all humanity - to subsist on $2 or less a day in a world of unprecedented wealth. — Kofi Annan

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

A world government can intervene militarily in the internal affairs of any nation when it disapproves of their activities. — Kofi Annan

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We need to promote greater tolerance and understanding among the peoples of the world. Nothing can be more dangerous to our efforts to build peace and development than a world divided along religious, ethnic or cultural lines. In each nation, and among all nations, we must work to promote unity based on our shared humanity. — Kofi Annan

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Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. — Kofi Annan

The Millennium Development Goals can be met by 2015, but only if all involved break with business as usual and dramatically accelerate and scale up action now. — Kofi Annan

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. — Kofi Annan

Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. All of us have to share the Earth's fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and each of us has a role to play in preserving them. If we are to go on living together on this earth, we must all be responsible for it. — Kofi Annan

No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over all others. We all share responsibility for each other's security, and only by working to make each other secure can we hope to achieve lasting security for ourselves. — Kofi Annan

The global HIV/AIDS epidemic is an unprecedented crisis that requires an unprecedented response. In particular it requires solidarity - between the healthy and the sick, between rich and poor, and above all, between richer and poorer nations. We have 30 million orphans already. How many more do we have to get, to wake up? — Kofi Annan

The future of peace and prosperity that we seek for all the world's peoples needs a foundation of tolerance, security, equality and justice. That foundation is the family. It is only by protecting families, from famine as well as from fragmentation, that they can prosper and contribute to the family of nations that is the United Nations. — Kofi Annan

I think that these flows of refugee are the inevitable counterparts to the flow of capital and goods. In other words, they too are by-products of globalisation. — Kofi Annan

We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will. — Kofi Annan

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential. — Kofi Annan

Human beings are not property. On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, let us reaffirm the inherent dignity of all men, women and children. And let us redouble our efforts so that the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 'no one shall be held in slavery or servitude' - ring true. — Kofi Annan

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development... For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential. — Kofi Annan

These often unsung heroes understand...that poverty, disease and famine are just as deadly and destructive as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Individuals ...are taking on these challenges in their communities, volunteering to make a difference. They remain the true champions of our work towards the Millennium Development Goals. — Kofi Annan

Unless the Security Council is restored to its pre-eminent position as the sole source of legitimacy on the use of force, we are on a dangerous path to anarchy. — Kofi Annan

In an age where community involvement and partnerships with civil society are increasingly being recognized as indispensable, there is clearly a growing potential for cooperative development and renewal worldwide. — Kofi Annan

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. — Kofi Annan

There can be no doubt that these attacks are deliberate acts of terrorism, carefully planned and coordinated and as such I condemn them utterly. Terrorism must be fought resolutely wherever it appears. — Kofi Annan

The death toll from small arms dwarfs that of all other weapons systems — and in most years greatly exceeds the toll of the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In terms of the carnage they cause, small arms, indeed, could well be described as 'weapons of mass destruction'. — Kofi Annan

If you have a problem and you can't find a solution, you meet again tomorrow and you keep talking until you find a solution. You can disagree with behavior or a particular position, but you do not resort to calling an opponent worthless. — Kofi Annan

Contrary to popular belief, we do not face a choice between economy and ecology, It is often said that protecting the environment would constrain or even undermine economic growth. In fact, the opposite is true: unless we protect resources and the earth's natural capital, we shall not be able to sustain economic growth. — Kofi Annan

...let us recognize that extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. Let us recall that poverty is a denial of human rights. For the first time in history, in this age of unprecedented wealth and technical prowess, we have the power to save humanity from this shameful scourge. Let us summon the will to do it. — Kofi Annan

The Refugee Convention of 1951 was a major breakthrough, outlining the rights of those displaced across borders as well as the legal obligations of states to protect them. — Kofi Annan

To look into some aspects of the future, we do not need projections by supercomputers. Much of the next millennium can be seen in how we care for our children today. Tomorrow's world may be influenced by science and technology, but more than anything, it is already taking shape in the bodies and minds of our children. — Kofi Annan

Fierce national competition over water resources has prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent conflict. — Kofi Annan

I did not always achieve what I set out to do. Nevertheless, my personal example certainly suggests that hands-on experience can be helpful to future leaders. — Kofi Annan

We often hear a lot about subsidies, because it's often the powerful talking about the poor; the poor don't have enough voice to question the privileges. — Kofi Annan

Can the state, which represents the whole of society and has the duty of protecting society, fulfill that duty by lowering itself to the level of the murderer, and treating him as he treated others? The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process. — Kofi Annan

HIV/AIDS has become much more than a health issue. HIV/AIDS is a development issue, it's a security issue. — Kofi Annan

Life Lessons by Kofi Annan

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  1. Kofi Annan taught us the importance of humility and service to others, always striving to do what is right and just.
  2. He showed us the power of diplomacy and negotiation to bring about peace and understanding between nations.
  3. He believed that all people should have access to the same basic human rights, regardless of their background or beliefs.

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