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Kofi Annan

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Born Friday 8 April 1938, died Saturday 18 August 2018

Professions: Diplomat, Statesman

Nationality: Ghanaian

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.

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We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.

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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.

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Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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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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We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.

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