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Kofi Annan Laid to Rest in Ghana

Kofi Annan Laid to Rest in GhanaKofi Annan Laid to Rest in Ghana

Like few today, former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, could “bring people together, put them at ease and unite them toward a common goal,” said the current UN chief, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday, speaking at his predecessor’s funeral in Ghana. The only UN chief to have emerged from the ranks of its staff passed away after a short illness on August18. He was 80, UN News reported. Speaking of Annan’s time at the helm of the organization, Secretary-General Guterres cited “a remarkable record of achievement,” in which he pioneered new ideas and initiatives, including the Millennium Development Goals—precursor to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—and landmark reforms in his report, “In Larger Freedom.” Guterres called his predecessor an “exceptional global leader” who saw the UN as “a force for good.” “He opened the doors of the United Nations, bringing the organization closer to the world’s people and engaging new partners in protecting the environment, defending human rights and combating HIV/AIDS and other killer diseases,” he spelled out.

 

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