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Kofi Annan Quotes

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

"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."

"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

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

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

"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."

"Globalization is a fact of life. But I believe we have underestimated its fragility."

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

"More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development."
Equality

"We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will."

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

"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race."

"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."

"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."

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

"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."

"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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