Kofi Annan On The Need to Work Together For Change
By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
"As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich, even if I have a billion dollars. As long as diseases are rampant and millions of people in this world cannot expect to live more than twenty-eight or thirty years, I can never be totally healthy, even if I just got a good checkup at Mayo Clinic. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way our world is made. No individual or nation can stand out boasting of being independent. We are interdependent.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kofi Annan served as the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He has also served as a UN envoy to Syria seeking peaceful resolutions to the conflict there. What’s clear about Kofi is that he’s a man who cares deeply about our world and everyone in it which means he’s devoted himself to making it a better place.
Kofi recognises that what affects one of us, essentially affects us all. In other words, while we most often see ourselves as independent and singular, the truth is that we are INTERdependent. It means while there’s war somewhere in the world, its effects will be felt elsewhere; like we have seen with the recent Syrian refugee crisis. The same applies to looking after our environment too; the more we damage our home in one area, the harder and more costly life will become for us all.
Here is Kofi describing his passion for making the world a more equitable and stable place. As he says so well, “we are all in the same boat” and so we need to all play our part in partnering with each other to create a better future. The same principle of interdependence applies at all levels; not just on a grand world scale, but also in our organisations and families too.
We all need to look out for each other more and move away from any selfishness; because, if our company or family suffers, so will we...
How do you feel about what Kofi Annan is expressing? Would you like to be part of making a difference to this world if you could?
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