We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.— Kofi Annan
The most fascinating Kofi Annan quotes that are glad to read
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.
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.
...there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.
Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.
It is the most effective form of defense spending there is.
When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.
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.
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.
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.
It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
You're never too young to lead.
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
...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.
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.
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.
Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.
No one is born a good citizen or a good democrat or a good leader; it takes time and education.
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.
Poverty devastates families, communities and nations.
It causes instability and political unrest and fuels conflict.
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.
Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
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.
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.
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.
Microfinance recognizes that poor people are remarkable reservoirs of energy and knowledge
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.
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.
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.
I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.
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.
Reform is a process, and not an event.
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?
I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen? I reply that it begins in your own community.
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.
Globalization is a fact of life. But I believe we have underestimated its fragility.
We must restore the sacredness of the family as a bedrock of humane values everywhere, in peace as well as in war.
The war on drugs has failed in West Africa and around the world
We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.
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.
A developed country is one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.
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.
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
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.
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.