Famous Kofi Annan quotes and sayings

Famous Kofi Annan quotes and sayings

Kofi (Atta) Annan was born on April 8, 1938, in Kumasi, Gold Coast, now Ghana. He was the United Nations (UN) secretary-general for two consecutive five-year terms from 1997 to 2006. He started off as the Budget officer of the World Health Organization in the year 1962 in Geneva. He was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2001 with the United Nations. He died on the 18th of August 2018 in Bern, Switzerland. In this article, we'll be looking at some Kofi Annan quotes.

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Kofi Annan quotes on Africa

  • Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace-keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
  • In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.
  • I don’t share the view that the ICC is anti-African. The ICC is not putting Africa on trial. The ICC is fighting impunity and individuals who are accused of crimes.
  • To some extent, Rwanda became a victim of the Somalia experience.
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Kofi Annan quotes equality

  • 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 quotes on youth

  • You are never too young to lead.
  • The world is not ours to keep. We hold it in trust for future generations.

Kofi Annan quotes on women's rights

  • 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 quotes good governance

  • Developing and newer democracies are much more susceptible to the tactics of populists and demagogues - they often do not have strong institutions, free press, or the infrastructure required to defend their nascent democracies.
  • If citizens do not believe they can change their leaders through the ballot box, they will find other ways, even at the risk of destabilizing their countries.
  • Sometimes, leaders slide from the role of freedom fighter into the presidency, which they may be unsuited for, but everyone accepts it until they hit the bump in the road.
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Kofi Annan quotes to live is to choose

  • 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 quotes on gender equality

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

Kofi Annan quotes on environment

  • Shifting towards low-carbon energy systems can avert climate catastrophe while creating new opportunities for investment, growth, and employment.
  • Governments have to conclude a fair, universal, and binding climate agreement, by which every country commits to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • We seriously have to question the motivation of those people referred to as climate change sceptics, who are denying the evidence of human-caused climate change and preventing us from moving forward by spreading disinformation and supporting unchecked carbon pollution.
  • We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.
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Good governance quotes

  • 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.
  • We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems if only we can find the political will.
  • In the rush for justice, it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.

Quotes on Africa

  • We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems if only we can find the political will.
  • Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.

Other Kofi Annan Quotes

  • I am a stubborn optimist: I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist.
  • As long as inequality and other social problems plague us, populists will try to exploit them.
  • The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
  • We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.
  • If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
  • Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
  • If we can come up with innovations and train young people to take on new jobs, and if we can switch to clean energy, I think we have the capacity to build this world not dependent on fossil-fuel. I think it will happen, and it won't destroy economy.
  • 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.
  • We cannot allow situations where leaders threaten war on television or on Twitter.
  • The Arab Spring reminds me a bit of the decolonization process where one country gets independence, and everybody else wants it.
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These are but a few Kofi Annan quotes. We hope that his words will inspire you to leave our own marks in the places we find ourselves. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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