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“We Need to Keep Hope Alive and Strive to Do Better.”

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“Literacy is a Bridge from Misery to Hope.”

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“Knowledge is Power. Information is Liberating. Education is The Premise of Progress, in Every Society, in Every Family.”

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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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“We have The Means and The Capacity to Deal with our Problems, if only We can Find The Political will.”

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“We may have Different Religions, Different Coloured Skin, but We all Belong to One Human Race.”

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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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“The Problem is Not with The Faith, but with The Faithful.”

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“Insecurity is Love Dressed in a Child's Clothing.”

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“Peace is Never a Perfect Achievement.”

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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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“You are Never too Young to Lead and You should Never Doubt Your Capacity to Triumph where others have Not.”

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“When Women Thrive all of Society Benefits and Succeeding Generations are Given a Better Start in Life.”

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“Ignorance and Prejudice are The Handmaidens of Propaganda. Our Mission, therefore, is to Confront Ignorance with Knowledge, Bigotry with Tolerance, and Isolation with The Outstretched Hand of Generosity. Racism can, will, and must Be Defeated.”

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“More Countries have Understood that Women's Equality is a Prerequisite for Development.”

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“Education is, Quite Simply, Peace-Building by another Name. It is The Most Effective form of Defense Spending there is.”

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“A Developed Country is One that Allows all its Citizens to Enjoy a Free and Healthy Life in a Safe Environment.”

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“We Need to Promote Greater Tolerance and Understanding among The Peoples of The World. Nothing can Be More Dangerous to our Efforts to Build Peace and Development than a World Divided along Religious, Ethnic or Cultural Lines. In each Nation, and among all Nations, We must Work to Promote Unity Based on our Shared Humanity.”

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“Tolerance, Inter-Cultural Dialogue and Respect for Diversity are More Essential than ever in a World where Peoples are Becoming More and More Closely Interconnected.”

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“The War on Drugs has Failed in West Africa and around The World.”

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“If You are Neutral in a Situation where One Side is Patently Being Mistreated, The Conclusion is that You're Siding with this Wrong.”

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“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.”

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“It has been Said that Arguing against Globalization is Like Arguing against The Laws of Gravity.”

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“Can The State, which Represents The whole of Society and has The Duty of Protecting Society, Fulfill that Duty by Lowering itself to The Level of The Murderer, and Treating him as He Treated others? The Forfeiture of Life is too Absolute, too Irreversible, for One Human Being to Inflict it on another, even when Backed by Legal Process.” 

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“Globalization is a Fact of Life. But I Believe We have Underestimated its Fragility.”

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“Children are Our Future and if We Use them in Battle, We are Destroying The Future. We must Reclaim them, Every One of them, One at a Time.”

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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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“In The 21st Century, I Believe The Mission of The United Nations will be Defined by a New, More Profound Awareness of The Sanctity and Dignity of Every Human Life, Regardless of Race or Religion.”

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“We Need to Think of The Future and The Planet We are Going to Leave to Our Children and their Children.”

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“If our Hopes of Building a Better and Safer World are to Become More than Wishful Thinking, We will Need The Engagement of Volunteers More than Ever.”

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“You have to Wake Up Every Day Ready to Start again.”

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“You can Do a lot with Diplomacy, but with Diplomacy Backed Up by Force You can Get a lot More Done.”

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“On Climate Change, We often Don't Fully Appreciate that it is a Problem. We Think it is a Problem Waiting to Happen.”

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“...There is No Tool for Development More Effective than The Empowerment of Women.” 

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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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“No One is Born a Good Citizen or a Good Democrat or a Good Leader; it Takes Time and Education.”

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“In this New Century, We must Start from The Understanding that Peace Belongs Not only to States or Peoples, but to Each and Every Member of those Communities. The Sovereignty of States must No Longer Be Used as a Shield for Gross Violations of Human Rights.”

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“The Happiness of any Society Begins with The Well-Being of The Families that Live in it.”

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“The Message should Be Clear, Climate Change must Take its Place along those Threats Like Conflict, Poverty.”

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“Once You are Really Challenged, You Find Something in Yourself. Man Doesn't Know what He is Capable of until He is Asked.”

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“Business, Labor and Civil Society Organizations have Skills and Resources that are Vital in Helping to Build a More Robust Global Community.”

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“The Right to Development is The Measure of The Respect of all other Human Rights.That should Be our Aim: a Situation in which all Individuals are Enabled to Maximize their Potential, and to Contribute to The Evolution of Society as a whole.”

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“We shall Not Defeat any of The Infectious Diseases that Plague The Developing World until We have also Won The Battle for Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Basic Health Care.”

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“You are Never too Young to Lead.”

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“Reform is a Process, and Not an Event.”

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“Women themselves have The Right to Live in Dignity, in Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. On this International Women's Day, Let us Rededicate ourselves to Making that a Reality.” 

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“The Lord had The Wonderful Advantage of Being Able to Work Alone.”

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“The World is Not ours to Keep. We Hold it in Trust for Future Generations.”

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