Inspirational Quotes from Anna Lindh

Globalisation has made us more vulnerable. It creates a world without borders, and makes us painfully aware of the limitations of our present instruments, and of politics, to meet its challenges.

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Still, corruption and oppression are far too common threats to the democratic society.

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We need a reform of the Security Council. It must be perceived as truly representative by all the 191 member states, to uphold the credibility and legitimacy of the UN as the main political arena.

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Developed countries and advanced developing countries must open their markets for products from the developing world, and support in developing their export and import capacity.

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Globalisation makes it clear that social responsibility is required not only of governments, but of companies and individuals. All sources must interact in order to reach the MDGs.

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Regional exchange can be a source of growth and development, and of enhancing good governance.

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The WTO has one of the most impressive records in global economic governance, by promoting trade liberalisation and economic development.

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The developing countries must be able to take a more active part in trade negotiations, through technical assistance and support from the developed countries.

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Global markets must be balanced by global values such as respect for human rights and international law, democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.

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Firstly, economic globalisation has brought prosperity and development to many countries, but also financial crises to Asia, Latin America and Russia, and increasing poverty and marginalisation.

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Nonetheless, the developing countries must be able to reap the benefits of international trade.

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We need the UN, to deal with the threats to our common security from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, not only in the case of Iraq. They must be tackled by the international community together, by strengthening conventions, treaties and agreements.

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Terrorism can never be accepted. We must fight it together, with methods that do not compromise our respect for the rule of law and human rights, or are used as an excuse for others to do so.

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The world is richer than ever, and the gaps between rich and poor are wider.

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Human rights are praised more than ever – and violated as much as ever.

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In a case like Iraq the UN has again shown what important role it plays as the guarantor for protecting international peace and stability in the global political structure.

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One of the gaps in our international development efforts is the provision of global public goods – that is, goods or conditions we need that no individual or country can secure on their own, such as halting global warming, financial stability and peace and security.

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Poverty does not make people terrorists, but terrorists can exploit the frustration it creates and use it as a breeding-ground for violent ideas.

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Poverty must be reduced not only for reasons of moral and justice, but also of security.

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States have the responsibility to create rules and conditions for growth and development, and to channel the benefits to all citizens by providing education and making people able to participate in the economies, and in decision-making.

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The conflict in the Middle East needs to be solved for the same reasons. It is necessary to reach a two-states solution, built on international law, for sustainable peace and development, and it can only be achieved through joint efforts by the international community.

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The most important issue we have to deal with is freedom of movement.

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The United Nations remains our most important global actor. These days we are continuously reminded of the enormous responsibility of the Security Council to uphold international peace and stability.

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This is not bad, but the pace of globalisation has surpassed the capacity of the system to adjust to new realities of a more interdependent and integrated world.

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To properly reflect the changes of the world and of the UN, with its growing number of member states, we would like to see an enlargement of the SC that gives room for new members, not least developing countries.

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We must focus much more on developing countries’ own policies and priorities, and increase policy and operational coherence between national, regional and multilateral actors.

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We need new partnerships for peace and security.

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We need new partnerships in fighting terrorism and building peace.

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That was for instance the case in Mocambique a couple of years ago, during the flooding catastrophe. Instead of co-ordinating assistance properly, to much time and resources was spent on fighting about the same helicopters and local guides.

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