Died August 18, 2018 in Bern (Switzerland) at the age of 80, Kofi Atta Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006) and Nobel Peace Prize (10 December 2001) has shown its living through his words. Whether in the area of peace, education, politics, health or even the economy ... the African diplomat had always been optimistic about every situation of life. Excerpts of some quotes Annan - buried on Thursday 13 September in Accra.
Education - Health (HIV-AIDS)
Education and health are the two pillars on which it will build a more just and peaceful future. This is what was said in substance on 1 July 2002, Secretary General Kofi Annan on the occasion of the opening of the three-day substantive discussion of the annual session of the Economic and Social Council UN (ECOSOC). Already under his leadership, the United Nations Security Council in 2000 adopted resolution 1308, identifying AIDS as a threat to global security. His various statements on the occasion speak volumes:
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
Literacy is a bridge from misery and hope.
The role of education is crucial for the advancement of women.
I hope that health will finally not considered a blessing to be wished, but as a human right for which to fight.
AIDS is a major crisis for the continent, governments must act.
Education is the only effective remedy against AIDS.
Education, Freedom, peace, tolerance
Annan strongly believed in peace and freedom in the world. He believed that tolerance is a virtue that everyone should cultivate.
Tolerance is a virtue that makes peace possible.
Freedom knows no borders, it is sufficient that voice rises and calls for freedom in a country, to give courage to those who are at the other end of the world.
This is to all of us to cultivate the best in nature and fight against the worst.
The only route that offers any hope of a better future for all humanity is that of cooperation and partnership.
It is ignorance, not knowledge, which sets men against each other.
Without progress, there is no peace. Without peace there can be no progress.
Former Secretary General of the UN dream of real development and knew that anything was possible if gender equality was respected, coupled with substantive work in the field.
Gender equality is a goal in itself. This is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and good governance.
There is no more effective development tool that empower women.
The challenge is to make sustainable development apparently an abstract idea, an everyday reality.
We can overcome any infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care.
In 2005, at a conference on terrorism held in Madrid, Annan proposed ways to fight against this scourge around 5D: deter, deny, deter, defend and develop. On the air, he faced the attack of 11 September in New York, the Madrid bombings that caused 191 deaths and 1,900 injured March 11, 2004 in four commuter trains ripped apart by the bombs of an Islamist commando claiming Al-Qaeda to name a few. Annan were therefore aware of the issue of terrorism in the world.
A terrorist attack against one country is an attack against all humanity.
Acts of terrorism can never be justified, any reason we can do Valoi.
Peace, tolerance, mutual respect, human rights, the rule of law and the global economy have all also suffered from terrorist acts.
No just cause can be advanced by terror.
Reject the path of violence that is the product of nihilism and despair.
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