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Kofi Annan Quotes: "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."

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




Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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: "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."

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.



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

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 Quotes: "...there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women."

...there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defense spending there is."

Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defense spending there is.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life."

When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.




Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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

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



Kofi Annan Quotes: "You are never too young to lead and you should never doubt your capacity to triumph where others have not."

You are never too young to lead and you should never doubt your capacity to triumph where others have not.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "...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."

...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.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.




Kofi Annan Quotes: "Gather the five virtues (Dignity, Confidence, Courage, Compassion, and Faith). Then you are a man."

Gather the five virtues (Dignity, Confidence, Courage, Compassion, and Faith). Then you are a man.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Microfinance is an idea whose time has come."

Microfinance is an idea whose time has come.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "No one is born a good citizen or a good democrat or a good leader; it takes time and education."

No one is born a good citizen or a good democrat or a good leader; it takes time and education.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope."

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children."

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



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Poverty devastates families, communities and nations. It causes instability and political unrest and fuels conflict."

Poverty devastates families, communities and nations. It causes instability and political unrest and fuels conflict.



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

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



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Once you are really challenged, you find something in yourself. Man doesn't know what he is capable of until he is asked."

Once you are really challenged, you find something in yourself. Man doesn't know what he is capable of until he is asked.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Microfinance recognizes that poor people are remarkable reservoirs of energy and knowledge"

Microfinance recognizes that poor people are remarkable reservoirs of energy and knowledge



Kofi Annan Quotes: "I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present."

I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "If you are neutral in a situation where one side is patently being mistreated, the conclusion is that you're siding with this wrong."

If you are neutral in a situation where one side is patently being mistreated, the conclusion is that you're siding with this wrong.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Reform is a process, and not an event."

Reform is a process, and not an event.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen? I reply that it begins in your own community."

I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen? I reply that it begins in your own community.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "You have to wake up every day ready to start again."

You have to wake up every day ready to start again.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Globalization is a fact of life. But I believe we have underestimated its fragility."

Globalization is a fact of life. But I believe we have underestimated its fragility.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "We must restore the sacredness of the family as a bedrock of humane values everywhere, in peace as well as in war."

We must restore the sacredness of the family as a bedrock of humane values everywhere, in peace as well as in war.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "The war on drugs has failed in West Africa and around the world"

The war on drugs has failed in West Africa and around the world



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Children are our future and if we use them in battle, we are destroying the future. We must reclaim them, every one of them, one at a time."

Children are our future and if we use them in battle, we are destroying the future. We must reclaim them, every one of them, one at a time.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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"

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



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.



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

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 Quotes: "You are never too young to lead."

You are never too young to lead.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "A developed country is one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment"

A developed country is one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.



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

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



Kofi Annan Quotes: "We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately. We are all in the same boat."

We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately. We are all in the same boat.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential."

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship."

Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "We can love what we are, without hating what, and who, we are not."

We can love what we are, without hating what, and who, we are not.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "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."

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.



Kofi Annan Quotes: "If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world."

If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world.