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Kofi Annan

Data di nascita: 8. Aprile 1938
Data di morte: 18. Agosto 2018

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Kofi Atta Annan è un politico e diplomatico ghanese.

È stato il settimo Segretario generale delle Nazioni Unite; il suo mandato è scaduto il 31 dicembre 2006.

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Frasi Kofi Annan

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„Come ribadisce Papa Francesco, il cambiamento climatico è una minaccia totalizzante … Mi congratulo con il Papa per la sua forte leadership morale ed etica. Abbiamo bisogno di più di tale guida ispirata. Ci vediamo al vertice sul clima a Parigi?»“

—  Kofi Annan
Source: Statement by Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel and Kofi Annan Foundation, in Support of the Encyclical on Climate Change by His Holiness Pope Francis, globenewswire.com, en, 21 giugno 2015 http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/06/18/745567/10138977/en/Statement-by-Kofi-Annan-Chair-of-the-Africa-Progress-Panel-and-Kofi-Annan-Foundation-in-Support-of-the-Encyclical-on-Climate-Change-by-His-Holiness-Pope-Francis.html,

„I believe we have a responsibility not only to our contemporaries but also to future generations — a responsibility to preserve resources that belong to them as well as to us, and without which none of us can survive.“

—  Kofi Annan
Truman Library address (2006), Context: I believe we have a responsibility not only to our contemporaries but also to future generations — a responsibility to preserve resources that belong to them as well as to us, and without which none of us can survive. That means we must do much more, and urgently, to prevent or slow down climate change. Everyday that we do nothing, or too little, imposes higher costs on our children and our children’s children. Of course, it reminds me of an African proverb — the earth is not ours but something we hold in trust for future generations. I hope my generation will be worthy of that trust.

„I arrived there straight from Africa“

—  Kofi Annan
Farewell Speech (2006), and I can tell you, Minnesota soon taught me the value of a thick overcoat, a warm scarf and even ear-muffs!

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„We can love what we are, without hating what — and who — we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.“

—  Kofi Annan
Nobel lecture (2001), Context: In every great faith and tradition one can find the values of tolerance and mutual understanding. The Qur’a, for example, tells us that "We created you from a single pair of male and female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other." Confucius urged his followers: "when the good way prevails in the state, speak boldly and act boldly. When the state has lost the way, act boldly and speak softly." In the Jewish tradition, the injunction to "love thy neighbour as thyself," is considered to be the very essence of the Torah. This thought is reflected in the Christian Gospel, which also teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who wish to persecute us. Hindus are taught that "truth is one, the sages give it various names." And in the Buddhist tradition, individuals are urged to act with compassion in every facet of life. Each of us has the right to take pride in our particular faith or heritage. But the notion that what is ours is necessarily in conflict with what is theirs is both false and dangerous. It has resulted in endless enmity and conflict, leading men to commit the greatest of crimes in the name of a higher power. It need not be so. People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what — and who — we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.

„It is only through multilateral institutions that States can hold each other to account.“

—  Kofi Annan
Truman Library address (2006), Context: It is only through multilateral institutions that States can hold each other to account. And that makes it very important to organize those institutions in a fair and democratic way, giving the poor and the weak some influence over the actions of the rich and the strong.

„Today, in Afghanistan, a girl will be born. Her mother will hold her and feed her, comfort her and care for her — just as any mother would anywhere in the world. In these most basic acts of human nature, humanity knows no divisions.“

—  Kofi Annan
Nobel lecture (2001), Context: Today, in Afghanistan, a girl will be born. Her mother will hold her and feed her, comfort her and care for her — just as any mother would anywhere in the world. In these most basic acts of human nature, humanity knows no divisions. But to be born a girl in today's Afghanistan is to begin life centuries away from the prosperity that one small part of humanity has achieved. It is to live under conditions that many of us in this hall would consider inhuman. I speak of a girl in Afghanistan, but I might equally well have mentioned a baby boy or girl in Sierra Leone. No one today is unaware of this divide between the world’s rich and poor. No one today can claim ignorance of the cost that this divide imposes on the poor and dispossessed who are no less deserving of human dignity, fundamental freedoms, security, food and education than any of us. The cost, however, is not borne by them alone. Ultimately, it is borne by all of us — North and South, rich and poor, men and women of all races and religions. Today's real borders are not between nations, but between powerful and powerless, free and fettered, privileged and humiliated. Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another.

„It is these great, enduring and universal principles which are also enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We can use these values – and the frameworks and tools we have based on them - to bridge divides and make people feel more secure and confident of the future.“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: These values: compassion; solidarity; respect for each other - already exist in all our great religions. We can begin by reaffirming and demonstrating that the problem is not the Koran, nor the Torah nor the Bible. As I have often said, the problem is never the faith. It is the faithful, and how we behave towards each other. It is these great, enduring and universal principles which are also enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We can use these values – and the frameworks and tools we have based on them - to bridge divides and make people feel more secure and confident of the future. World Civilisations: “ Bridging the World’s Divides http://kofiannanfoundation.org/newsroom/news/2010/10/history-world-100-objects-episode-98”. Lecture given at the British Museum London.

„Truman's name will for ever be associated with the memory of far-sighted American leadership in a great global endeavour.“

—  Kofi Annan
Farewell Speech (2006), And you will see that every one of my five lessons brings me to the conclusion that such leadership is no less sorely needed now than it was 60 years ago.

„I think it is especially fitting that I do that here in the house that honours the legacy of Harry S Truman.“

—  Kofi Annan
Farewell Speech (2006), If FDR [Franklin D Roosevelt] was the architect of the United Nations, President Truman was the master-builder, and the faithful champion of the Organisation in its first years, when it had to face quite different problems from the ones FDR had expected.

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