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Kofi Annan



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

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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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    To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.

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    Many are living in sub-human conditions and they fear for their future,

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    Men can make a particular difference -- by being more caring, by taking fewer risks and by facing the issue of AIDS head-on.

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    and positioning ourselves in a manner that protects the men.

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    I do not understand these Ivorian leaders, these men who believe they are capable of leading a country, who are seeking to become president of a country they are in the process of destroying.

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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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    I think the United States government is working very hard with the parties to move the process forward, and I urge and encourage the parties to really work with the United States government to make the compromises necessary and move the process forward,

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    Given the pressure from the people, from the grass roots, I really do not think any government can sit out this movement for long, ... It's only a matter of time.

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    I hope it's not too late to get the Yugoslav government to change its position,

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    If the Indonesian government ... brings those responsible to trial, there will be no need ... for the Security Council to establish a second international tribunal,

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    too early to say who's going to take charge and who's going to run the government.

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    I don't think that the United States government rushes to judgment until all the facts are in.

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    Both rebels and government must understand that, if these incidents continue, it will impede humanitarian assistance and delivery.

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    The people and government of Pakistan are faced with an extraordinary challenge and we need to make an extraordinary effort to support them, ... What is needed is an immediate and exceptional escalation of the global relief effort to support the work of the government of Pakistan.

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    The government of Israel, with its important security concerns, is loath to relinquish control, almost acting as though there has been no withdrawal, delaying making difficult decisions and preferring to take difficult matters back into slow-moving subcommittees,

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    Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.

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    The problem is this. The spread of markets outpaces the ability of societies and their political systems to adjust to them, let alone to guide the course they take

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    Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

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    Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.

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    All is not well. Science tells us that if we do not take the right action now, climate change will bring havoc, even within our lifetime,

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