Kofi Annan became the first black African Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1996. At the time when he took up the position, the agency was in financial trouble.
Annan brought a new face to the UN by making necessary budget and staff changes. It was under his leadership that the UN dealt with several issues.
In 2001, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to United Nations and Kofi Annan “for their work for a better and organised and more peaceful world”.
Below are some of his quotes that can inspire you:
1. “We may have different religions, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race.”
2. “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.”
3. “Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”
4. “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.”
5. “Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace.”
6. “I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen. I reply that it begins in your own community.”
7. “Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. All of us have to share the Earth's fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and each of us has a role to play in preserving them. If we are to go on living together on this earth, we must all be responsible for it.”
8. “You are never too young to lead.”
9. “The world is not ours to keep. We hold it in trust for future generations.”
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za gathered that the family and foundation of former UN secretary, Kofi Annan, confirmed his death and provided additional information on his final moments.
Annan was said to have fallen ill while on a trip to South Africa and had been flown back to his Switzerland base for treatment.
The late diplomat's widow, Nane Maria, however, disclosed to Ghana's president, Nana Akufo-Addo, in a phone call that he died peacefully in his sleep.