KOFI ANNAN BRINGS INSPIRATIONAL 2012 ONE YOUNG WORLD SUMMIT TO SUCCESSFUL CLOSE
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Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, addressed the 1,300 One Young World delegates, which he called "almost another United Nations," except with stronger voices and younger.
Annan encouraged the delegates from more than 180 countries to become good global citizens. He emphasized that no one needs to begin by tackling big issues. Rather, they can begin small, in their own communities, and recounted his own start as a teenager organizing a hunger strike. Annan went on to share experiences during his time at the center of the world stage, including conflicts in Somalia, Rwanda, Iraq and, most recently, Syria.
Annan faced hard-hitting questions from delegates, including why the United Nations does not actively try to stop the Syrian conflict. The question came from a Turkish delegate who lives in a small town recently bombed.
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