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Born Wednesday 6 January 1937, died Sunday 7 August 2011

Professions: Politician, Statesman

Nationality: Finnish

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What we can do as individuals may not be very much on the global scale, but we have to start the change by living as we are teaching.

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The Baltic Sea is becoming more and more polluted. Not everybody living near the shore of the Baltic Sea is protecting it. It is the water of life for countries like Finland and Sweden.

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I think we have grave problems. I am very much concerned about environmental questions, even though in Finnish society, we are not facing the most urgent problems.

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When my first child was born in 1962, I wrote a letter to my grandfather telling him how happy I was but how concerned; concerned because there were so many visions which were not very good.

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I recently reread an article of mine written in 1964, and I think it is still valid. There is not much difference. Many of the items on the agenda 37 years ago are still there.

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I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question.

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If there is something I would like to do as President of the General Assembly, it is to place more emphasis on the issue of education, which enables a better life for women.

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One of the biggest development issues in the world is the education of girls. In the United States and Europe, it has been accepted, but not in Africa and the developing countries.

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Men and women have roles - their roles are different, but their rights are equal.

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In Finland we have equal political rights for women and men. We do not regard ourselves according to sex.

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Peace enforcement is a much more difficult kind of operation than peacekeeping.

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In Finland, we learned quite a lot from our own civil war. The wounds were visible when I was a boy, but my generation went into the Second World War and it united the Finnish nation, so I do not see any more wounds.

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If we go back in the history of different nations, violence and the use of force are part of their heritage. These are the traditions of mankind.

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Finland had a civil war less than 100 years ago, just like in Ireland. If you look at the history of newly independent nations, civil war is almost every time present, even in the United States.

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In every European nation, there have been problems in history when the society was too divided.

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When the problems in Northern Ireland started, it was not a question of Protestantism or Catholicism, because the Catholic church was the only church at that time-it was a nationalist conflict.

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If you come to a negotiation table saying you have the final truth, that you know nothing but the truth and that is final, you will get nothing.

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Without accepting the other person's thinking, you cannot further your own interest. You need the other's help to get results.

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That is where consensus-building begins-with the idea that you have your own truth, but that the negotiator on the other side of the table has his own truth as well.

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We have the tools, but we have to learn how to use them. That is my political philosophy.

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