Kofi Atta Annan was the seventeenth Secretary-General of the United Nations. He received the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ in 2001. Annan was one of the 12 honorary members of the non-profit organization - ‘The Elders’, which was initiated by Nelson Mandela to resolve some of the world's most intractable conflicts. He was also the founding chairman of the ‘Kofi Annan Foundation’, whose fundamental aim is to promote global peace and better governance. Annan was instrumental in combating rampant HIV epidemic in Africa. During his tenure, he laid the foundation of ‘United Nations Global Compact’. The primary goal of this institution is to stimulate global trade and to adopt ecologically feasible and socially responsible policies. Annan faced a lot of heat due to his controversial ‘Oil-for-Food Program’ and ‘Under-development of Security Council’. After his stint as UN Secretary General, Annan was elected as the UN–Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria. Here are some of the famous quotes from this global peace-keeper highlighting his thoughts and work on issues pertaining to harmony, equality, knowledge, globalization, religion, justice and freedom.
I have always believed that on important issues, the leaders must lead. Where the leaders fail to lead, and people are really concerned about it, the people will take the lead and make the leaders follow.
If we can come up with innovations and train young people to take on new jobs, and if we can switch to clean energy, I think we have the capacity to build this world not dependent on fossil-fuel. I think it will happen, and it won't destroy economy.