Kofi Annan Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Kofi Annan quotes, Kofi Annan sayings, and Kofi Annan proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Insecurity is love dressed in a child's clothing.     

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We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.     

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

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

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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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Gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation.     

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

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Can the state, which represents the whole of society and has the duty of protecting society, fulfill that duty by lowering itself to the level of the murderer, and treating him as he treated others? The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process.     

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If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.     

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The message should be clear, climate change must take its place along those threats like conflict, poverty.     

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The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights.That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole.     

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Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity.     

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The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights.That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole.     

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

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

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No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.     

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For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.     

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

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literacy is at the heart of sustainable development     

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

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