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Kofi Annan

Datum narození: 8. duben 1938

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Kofi Atta Annan je ghanský diplomat. Byl sedmým generálním tajemníkem OSN.

Do funkce generálního tajemníka byl navržen Radou bezpečnosti 13. prosince 1996, o čtyři dny později byl Valným shromážděním do funkce potvrzen. Jeho první funkční období začalo 1. ledna 1997. Druhé funkční období začalo 1. ledna 2002 a skončilo na konci roku 2006.

V roce 2001 obdrželi OSN a Kofi Annan Nobelovu cenu míru za „práci za lépe organizovaný a mírovější svět“. V roce obdržel 2003 Sacharovovu cenu za svobodu myšlení.

V letech 2004/05 byl ostře kritizován za nedostatečný dohled a pomalou reakci na skandál rozsáhlé korupce u OSN v jejím programu „Ropa za potraviny“, započatého za jeho předchůdce Butruse Butruse-Ghálího. Do korupce byl údajně zapojen i Annanův syn Kojo Annan.

V dubnu 2004 pověřil Paula Volckera předsednictvím komise „Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme“, která tuto korupci začala vyšetřovat. Komise vydala několik zpráv, nejnovější 27. října 2005.

V roce 2006 při válce mezi Libanonem a Izraelem se velkou měrou podílel na jednání o příměří. Izraelské vojáky na území Libanonu nahradily jednotky mírové mise OSN – UNIFIL. Kofi Annan se přátelí s Madeleine Albrightovou.

V lednu 2008 se zapojil do vyjednávání mezi keňskou vládou a opozicí během povolební krize a vlny násilí, jemuž padlo za oběť asi 700 lidí a více než 250 tisíc uprchlo nebo bylo vyhnáno z domovů.

Začátkem roku 2012 byl Annan jmenován mimořádným vyslancem OSN pro Sýrii, pro kterou se má pokusit vyjednat řešení vzniklého velkého vnitropolitického a také náboženského konfliktu s dopady na celou oblast Blízkého východu. V Sýrii působí jednotka o síle asi 300 vojáků jako pozorovatelé, ale účinná realizace ostatních elementů tzv. Annanova plánu pro tuto zemi je doposud v nedohlednu. Svou misi v Sýrii neúspěšně ukončil 31. srpna.

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Citáty Kofi Annan

„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
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.

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

—  Kofi Annan
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.

„I moved on from Minnesota to the United Nations“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: When you leave one home for another, there are always lessons to be learnt. And I had more to learn when I moved on from Minnesota to the United Nations - the indispensable common house of the entire human family, which has been my main home for the last 44 years.

„We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately.“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately. We are all in the same boat. " The World I'm Working To Create", Skoll World Forum (12 August 2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4ILV4IL-PA

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

—  Kofi Annan
Context: I think it is especially fitting that I do that here in the house that honours the legacy of Harry S Truman. 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.

„When you leave one home for another, there are always lessons to be learnt“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: When you leave one home for another, there are always lessons to be learnt. And I had more to learn when I moved on from Minnesota to the United Nations - the indispensable common house of the entire human family, which has been my main home for the last 44 years.

„We are not only all responsible for each other’s security. We are also, in some measure, responsible for each other’s welfare.“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: We are not only all responsible for each other’s security. We are also, in some measure, responsible for each other’s welfare. Global solidarity is both necessary and possible. — It is necessary because without a measure of solidarity no society can be truly stable, and no one’s prosperity truly secure. That applies to national societies — as all the great industrial democracies learned in the twentieth century — but, it also applies to the increasingly integrated global market economy that we live in today. It is not realistic to think that some people can go on deriving great benefits from globalization while billions of their fellow human beings are left in abject poverty, or even thrown into it. We have to give our fellow citizens, not only within each nation but in the global community, at least a chance to share in our prosperity.

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„Both security and development ultimately depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law.“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: Both security and development ultimately depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law. — Although increasingly interdependent, our world continues to be divided — not only by economic differences, but also by religion and culture. That is not in itself a problem. Throughout history, human life has been enriched by diversity, and different communities have learnt from each other. But, if our different communities are to live together in peace we must stress also what unites us: our common humanity, and our shared belief that human dignity and rights should be protected by law.

„No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over all others. We all share responsibility for each other’s security, and only by working to make each other secure can we hope to achieve lasting security for ourselves.“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over all others. We all share responsibility for each other’s security, and only by working to make each other secure can we hope to achieve lasting security for ourselves. — And, I would add that this responsibility is not simply a matter of States being ready to come to each other’s aid when attacked — important though that is. It also includes our shared responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity — a responsibility solemnly accepted by all nations at last year’s UN world summit. That means that respect for national sovereignty can no longer be used as a shield by Governments intent on massacring their own people, or as an excuse for the rest of us to do nothing when heinous crimes are committed.

„My friends, our challenge today is not to save Western civilization — or Eastern, for that matter. All civilization is at stake, and we can save it only if all peoples join together in the task.“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: My friends, our challenge today is not to save Western civilization — or Eastern, for that matter. All civilization is at stake, and we can save it only if all peoples join together in the task. You Americans did so much, in the last century, to build an effective multilateral system, with the United Nations at its heart. Do you need it less today, and does it need you less, than 60 years ago? Surely not. More than ever today, Americans, like the rest of humanity, need a functioning global system through which the world’s peoples can face global challenges together. And in order to function more effectively, the system still cries out for far-sighted American leadership, in the Truman tradition. I hope and pray that the American leaders of today, and tomorrow, will provide it.

„We have entered the third millennium through a gate of fire. If today, after the horror of 11 September, we see better, and we see further — we will realize that humanity is indivisible.“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: We have entered the third millennium through a gate of fire. If today, after the horror of 11 September, we see better, and we see further — we will realize that humanity is indivisible. New threats make no distinction between races, nations or regions. A new insecurity has entered every mind, regardless of wealth or status. A deeper awareness of the bonds that bind us all — in pain as in prosperity — has gripped young and old.

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„I arrived there straight from Africa“

—  Kofi Annan
Context: I arrived there straight from Africa' - and I can tell you, Minnesota soon taught me the value of a thick overcoat, a warm scarf and even ear-muffs!

„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.“

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

„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
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.

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