Kofi Annan, the late former Secretary General of the United Nations, was a man of wisdom, nobility and modesty, who passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Among the remarkable things he left behind, his quotes were one of them. The following are ten of his quotes:
“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable development.
“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.
“We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
“We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.
“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know what you are and what you stand for; where you want to go and why you want to go there.
“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.
“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it all if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
“It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
“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.
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress in every society and in every family.”