Kofi Annan

(Kofi Atta Annan)

Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan
  • Born: April 8, 1938
  • Died: August 18, 2018
  • Nationality: Ghanaian
  • Profession: Statesman









Quote Topics Cited
Alone I can do nothing. Leaders & Leadership
At times those who won, 51 percent of the population claim the right to ride roughshod over the other 49 percent. Democracies & Republics
Fierce national competition over water resources has prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent conflict. Environment & Environmentalism
For a relationship between two countries to be sustainable, it must be mutually beneficial. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
He seems like such a gentle man as he walks with his cane. Then he opens his mouth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If governments do not want to work with the U.N. and the international organizations, there is a limit to what you can do. And there is also a limit to patience. United Nations
If one doesn’t examine one’s mistakes and look back, how else does one have vision? Management & Managing Government
Institutions are more important than the individual leaders. Leaders & Leadership
It is easy to say that something should be done. However to say what, when and how is more difficult. Management & Managing Government
It is my sacred moral and juridical duty to try to diminish international tensions wherever I can. United Nations
More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations. History ;Miscellaneous
Opposing the U.N opposition to the American Invasion of Iraq was our finest hour. It was a war which, in my opinion, was illegal. United Nations
Peace can be neither coerced nor enforced. War & Peace
Politicians didn’t want to talk to their constituents about body bags that would be coming back. War & Peace
States are … instruments at the service of their peoples, and not vice versa. States. Nations & Nationhood
States working together can achieve more than what even the most powerful state can accomplish by itself. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The international community could not muster the resources or the will to come to the Rwanda’s aid. United Nations
The UN has no troops. For peacekeeping we have to borrow troops from the member nations. Sometimes they give us troops; sometimes not. War & Peace
The United Nations is an organization of sovereign states, but the rights that it upholds belong to individuals. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The United Nations is your instrument for peace and justice. Use it. United Nations
Until now, when powerful men committed crimes against humanity, they knew that as long as they remained powerful, no earthly court could judge them. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We are one organization with one policy and command structure, and all the governments participating have to accept that. United Nations
We have to stabilize the population of this planet. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
What has happened to our society that politicians are not looked up to and have the influence that they used to. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What is it in our society that encourages us to periodically to turn on each other? What is it in our society that leads us to the cycle of violence. Miscellaneous
When states decide to use force to deal with broader threats to international peace and security, they need the unique legitimacy provided by the United Nations. United Nations
You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done Diplomacy & Diplomats
You don’t have to be confrontational of aggressive to get to where you want to be or get people to do what you want to do. Leaders & Leadership
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.
Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community. Society ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Power ;Freedom & Liberty
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. Equality & Equal Opportunity
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.
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.
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. Leaders & Leadership
If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are conditions for development. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom. Freedom & Liberty
If the United Nations does not attempt to chart a course for the world's people in the first decades of the new millennium, who will?
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.
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. Life ;Religion & God
In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.
In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.
Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.
It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Families, Children & Parenting
Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations. War & Peace
More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development. Women ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
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.
On climate change, we often don't fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.
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. History ;Hope
The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The question is the morning after. What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing? What happens in the region? What impact could it have? These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed. Morning
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.
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. Society ;Women
Time and again, when member states and the governments are faced with an insoluble problem, and they're under pressure to do something, that something usually ends up being referred to the U.N. Time
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.
Unfortunately, very few governments think about youth unemployment when they are drawing up their national plans.
We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step. Time ;Nature
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.
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 need to keep hope alive and strive to do better. Hope
We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children. Future
What governments and people don't realise is that sometimes the collective interest - the international interest - is also the national interest.
When economic conditions are difficult, people tend to be less generous and protect themselves; the question of solidarity doesn't mean much to them at that time. Time