"We dream of living – not existing. Teach us, involve us and use us." - Africa youth presentation to United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council.
"Research findings guide policy development, decision-making and the design of health programmes aimed at addressing the unique microbial diversity of tropical Africa." - World Health Organisation on boosting biomedical research and development in Africa.
"Nepad must enable the development of Africa’s capacity for risk assessment and management of bio-safety in particular to promote the establishment of regional and sub-regional bio-safety facilities; and facilitate Africa’s participation in international fora, processes and discussions on global biotechnology issues." - The first NEPAD ministerial conference on science and technology.
"Today's investment in children is tomorrow's peace, stability, security, democracy and sustainable development." - The African Common Position: a pan-African statement on governments responsibility for children.
"Reporting on Africa by Africans is imperative to change the image of the continent, control the agenda and stress its success stories."- African information ministers meeting at the African Union.
"Sport is a powerful neutralizer with an accepted universal language and rules, and can be a potent unifying symbol. Its ability to help change attitudes and enhance people's choices means that it can play an important role in achieving global development targets such as the Millennium Development Goals." - International Business Leaders Forum.
"Our vision is not just to help farmers to feed themselves but also to feed the markets so Africa can become part of the global food security system. This is not a pipe dream." - Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum.
"We know from study after study that there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, improve nutrition, promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and increase the chances of education for the next generation." - The United Nations on the correlation between education and health.
"The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin...if we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves." - Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai.