Tributes Pour In For Late Ex-UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan
Leaders from across the world are paying tributes to the late former Secretary General to the United Nations [UN], Mr. Kofi Anna, among whom is the current UN top man, António Guterres.
In a statement by the Secretary-General on the passing of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Guterres said:
“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.
“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.
“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership.
“He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone.
“He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world.
“In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all of us.
“My heartfelt condolences to Nane Annan, their beloved family, and all who mourn the loss of this proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Guterres wrote:
Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. I join the world in mourning his loss. In these turbulent and trying times, his legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all. https://t.co/psJ9viPIeu pic.twitter.com/SKfBk5zaY2
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 18, 2018
Other are the wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki:
Rest in Peace Kofi Annan 1938-2018
Nobel Laureate and Seventh Secretary General of the United Nations.
Indeed "He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did" – @KofiAnnanFdn
He will be greatly missed, rest in peace, Amen pic.twitter.com/s5TBqcdUjN
— Toyin Saraki (@ToyinSaraki) August 18, 2018
Former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd:
The world has lost a great leader today. Kofi initiated the Millenium Development Goals. He did everything possible to prevent the Iraq War. He spoke for our common humanity. I will miss him too as a dear friend, colleague and source of encouragement. https://t.co/eVia28IZjU
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) August 18, 2018
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi:
We express our profound sorrow at the passing away of Nobel Laureate and former UNSG Mr. Kofi Annan. The world has lost not only a great African diplomat and humanitarian but also a conscience keeper of international peace and security.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern:
The world has lost a great humanitarian, leader, and self proclaimed “stubborn optimist”. Rest in peace, Kofi Annan.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) August 18, 2018
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana:
The Government and people of Ghana, First Lady Rebecca and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death, in Berne, Switzerland, of one of our greatest compatriots, Mr. Kofi Annan. 1/7
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) August 18, 2018
Leader of the Labour Party, United Kingdom, Jeremy Corbyn:
Kofi Annan dedicated his life to building a more just and peaceful world.
His efforts in support of conflict resolution and human rights will be remembered. He looked for a peaceful path when others looked for war.
My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 18, 2018
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed:
.@KofiAnnan, our #African and global icon who lived a life deeply committed to serving humanity. He did it with dignity and gave hope to the voiceless. My Friend, My Hero, My Inspiration. #RIPKofiAnnan pic.twitter.com/i7aqSiuYvG
— Amina J Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) August 18, 2018
Two-time Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Senior Advisor LazardLtd; Board Chair Gavi; Board Member ARCapacity and Twitter, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala:
A shock and a great loss! Kofi Annan Africa’s foremost son and international diplomat, our tall Iroko tree has died. His many contributions to Humanitarian, Development and Governance issues will not be forgotten.
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) August 18, 2018
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan:
Sad to hear the news of the death of Kofi Annan. As a former UN secretary-general and Nobel Peace Laureate, he dedicated his life to human rights and building bridges between nations. He will always be remembered as a great humanitarian and a tireless advocate for peace.
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) August 18, 2018