quinta-feira, dezembro 14, 2006

«Cordeiro afável de voz suave»

O discurso de despedida de Kofi Annan na Truman Presidential Museum & Library, em 11 de Dezembro de 2006. (WikiSource)

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My first lesson is that, in today's world, the security of every one of us is linked to that of everyone else. [...]

My second lesson is that 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. [...]

My third lesson is that both security and development ultimately depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law. [...]

My fourth lesson — closely related to the last one — is that governments must be accountable for their actions in the international arena, as well as in the domestic one. [...]

My fifth and final lesson derives inescapably from those other four. We can only do all these things by working together through a multilateral system, and by making the best possible use of the unique instrument bequeathed to us by Harry Truman and his contemporaries, namely the United Nations. [...]

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