Kofi Annan’s funeral underway | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, Sept 13, GNA – Ghanaians and the
International Community on Thursday converged at the Accra International
Conference Centre to bid ceremonial farewell to the late Kofi Annan, former
United Nations Secretary-General.

The funeral service of the global peace icon
is being led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Other dignitaries attending the funeral
include; several African Heads of State, other world leaders and heads of the
various UN Agencies.

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

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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