A Tribute: Kofi was the United Nations and the United Nations was him

Mr Kofi Annan, Ghana’s illustrious son, passed away on the 18th August at his home in Switzerland after a short illness, aged 80. Annan and was laid to rest on Thursday 13th September in a state funeral held in Accra, Ghana attended by world leaders, diplomats, traditional authorities and mourners from around the world.

Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) paid a touching tribute at Funeral of the late Kofi Annan.

“Kofi was the United Nations and the United Nations was him…

He was also my good friend. We marched through life together in many ways. When the people of Timor-Leste were seeking self-determination, we worked together — he from the UN and I as prime minister of Portugal — to support the peaceful resolution of their plight…

As we face the headwinds of our troubled and turbulent times, let us always be inspired by the legacy of Kofi Annan — and guided by the knowledge that he will continue speaking to us, urging us on toward the goals to which he dedicated his life and truly moved our world…”

Antonio Guterres is Secretary-General of the United Nations. This blog post is based on remarks he delivered in Accra, Ghana at the funeral of Kofi Annan on Sept. 13, 2018.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Annan family, friends and colleagues of the late Kofi Annan.

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