The youth wing of the Ghana United Nations Association (GUNA) joins the world to mourn the demise of Kofi Annan, former General Secretary of the UN.
In a statement issued by Samuel Ojo, Youth Affairs National Secretary, GUNA, and signed by Charles Nkrumah, National President, it eulogised the indelible nine years tenure of the Ghanaian diplomat, saying: “Kofi Annan will be missed for his global statesmanship and deep commitment to international peace. He truly fought for a fairer and more peaceful world.”
It is no wonder Kofi Annan, born on April 8, 1938, in Kumasi, and the UN co-received the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
He served as the seventh Secretary General of the UN from January 1997 to December 2006, and was called to glory on August 18, this year, in Berne, Switzerland.
Though he might be dead, GUNA explained that Kofi Annan would be remembered for his distinguished career, leadership, an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law.
After stepping down from the United Nations, GUNA recounted how Kofi Annan continued to work tirelessly in the cause of peace, through his chairmanship of the Kofi Annan Foundation, and as chair of The Elders, the group founded by Nelson Mandela.
The GUNA statement added: “Kofi Annan felt a special responsibility towards Africa. He was, particularly, committed to African development and deeply engaged in many initiatives, including his chairmanship of the Africa Progress Panel and his early leadership of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. This is the diplomat the world is going to miss.”
Kofi Annan was given a global burial last Thursday.