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15 Powerful Kofi Annan Quotes


Kofi Atta Annan (/ˈkoʊfi ˈænæn/; 8 April 1938 – 18 August 2018) was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.

Kofi Annan died in his sleep on the morning of 18th August 2018 in Switzerland after short illness.

Below are some 15 quotes attributed to the former UN Chief.
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 

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 

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

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 

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

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

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

If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are conditions for development. -- Kofi Annan 

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

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

Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations. -- Kofi Annan 

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people. --- Kofi Annan 

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

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

We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better. -- Kofi Annan


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