Kofi Annan was a great blessing – Dr Lawrence Tetteh

By
Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Sept 13, GNA
–The late Mr Kofi Annan, a former United Nations Secretary-General, was a great
blessing and an inspiration to all of us, Dr Lawrence Tetteh, a renowned
International Evangelist, has said.

He said the late Mr
Kofi Annan had proved that one could be gentle, polite and be very enlightened
to bring the world together.

“And as a matter of
fact, he was fit in every pair of shoes that was given to him. He is a great
example of humility and I pray that all of us in our prominence will really
emulate him,” Dr Tetteh said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at
the State Funeral for the late Mr Annan at the Accra International Conference
Centre.

Dr Tetteh said the late
Mr Annan had brought honour not only to Ghana but to all black communities
around the world.

“I have known him
personally and he was one of the few who encouraged me to study international
relations,” he said.

“He made us realise
that anybody at all in spite of the background can be part of the UN. And for
me I’m so grateful that I had the chance to even serve at one stage as the
Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana United Nations
Association,” Dr Tetteh added.

Mr Annan passed away
on August 18, in the Swiss city of Bern after a brief illness.

He was laid to rest at
the New Military Cemetery at Burma Camp in Accra.

He and the UN were the
co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

Born in Kumasi, he
joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Office
in Geneva.

He then went to serve
in various capacities at the UN Headquarters, including; serving as Under
Secretary-General for peacekeeping from March 1992 to December 1996.

He was appointed the
UN Chief in December 1996 by the Security Council and later confirmed by the
General Assembly, becoming the first office holder to be elected from the UN
staff itself.

Mr Annan was
re-elected for a second term in 2001 and was succeeded by South Korea’s Ban
Ki-moon on January 01, 2007.

As Secretary-General,
he worked to reform the UN bureaucracy, combat the deadly HIV spread,
especially in Africa and launched the UN Global Compact.

He also initiated the
Millennium Development Goals towards improving the lots of the poor around the
world.

After serving out his
term, he formed the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to work on international
development, peace and humanitarianism and was also the Chairman of “The
Elders”, an international organisation founded by Nelson Mandela.

In 2012, Mr Annan
became the UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, to aid
efforts at resolving the bloody conflict there, but quit over his frustration
with the lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution.

He was appointed to
lead a UN Commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis in September 2016.

Mr Annan studied
Economics at Macalester College, International Relations from the Graduate
Institute Geneva and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT).

He is survived by his
wife Nane Marie Lagergren and their children, Ama, Kojo and Nina.

GNA

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