Kofi Annan quotes

Name
Kofi Annan.

Born
8 April 1938 Comassie, Gold Coast(now Kumasi, Ghana).

Died
18 August 2018.

Occupation
Diplomat.

Kofi Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
– Kofi Annan
When economic conditions are difficult, people tend to be less generous and protect themselves; the question of solidarity doesn’t mean much to them at that time.
– Kofi Annan
It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
– Kofi Annan
Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.
– Kofi Annan
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
We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.
– Kofi Annan
On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.
– Kofi Annan
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
– 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
To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
– 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
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.
– Kofi Annan
In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.
– 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
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
Unfortunately, very few governments think about youth unemployment when they are drawing up their national plans.
– 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 is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole – women and men alike – than the one which involves women as central players.
– Kofi Annan
Time and again, when member states and the governments are faced with an insoluble problem, and they’re under pressure to do something, that something usually ends up being referred to the U.N.
– Kofi Annan
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
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
– 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
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.
– Kofi Annan
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.
– Kofi Annan
The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
– 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
If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
– Kofi Annan