Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

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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.
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    Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind.
    Source: Twitter (2013)
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    As one of my predecessors said, our objective is not to take people to heaven, but to prevent humanity from going to hell.
    Source: Kofi Annan on 40 Years Trying to End War, Promote Peace at the United Nations (2012)
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    Business cannot prosper in societies that fail.
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    Drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrongheaded governmental policies have destroyed many more. I think it's obvious that after 40 years of war on drugs, it has not worked. There should be decriminalization of drugs.
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    Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
    Source: Faceboek (2016)
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    Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defense spending there is.
    Source: Faceboek (2016)
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    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.
    Source: Toespraak bij ontvangst Nobelprijs (2001)
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    Gather the five virtues (Dignity, Confidence, Courage, Compassion, and Faith). Then you are a man.
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    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.
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    Globalization is a fact of life. But I believe we have underestimated its fragility.
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    Have confidence in the young people, give them a chance, and they will surprise you.
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    However much one tries to suppress the will of the people they eventually will have the last word.
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    I think over time you learn to know a bit more about yourself - you develop a certain amount of self-insight and self-awareness, and you know what you can absorb, and what you cannot; what gets to you and what doesn't.
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    If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development.
    Source: Twitter (2015)
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