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Kofi Annan
April 8, 1938 -
Category: Statesman

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


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

    Topics: Family, Education

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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


The question is the morning after. What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing? What happens in the region? What impact could it have? These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed.


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.


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


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.


We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.


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


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