Let’s continue Kofi Annan’s journey towards a better world – Osei Bonsu

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA – Mr Kwaku Osei-Bonsu,
the acting General Manager of the Ghana News Agency, Thursday said every
Ghanaian in any capacity must contribute towards the realisation of Kofi
Annan’s vision towards creating a freer, fairer and better world.

He said every individual had the ability to
impact something positive on his fellow being, community or the environment,
which could minimise the suffering of the poor and the vulnerable across the
globe.

“What is the value of man if he is of no use of
any kind to his fellow being?” he asked, saying Kofi Annan understood the
essence of life and thus played his many roles as a husband, father, sibling,
civil servant and more, committed to giving to humanity rather than taking from
it.

“The usual stories reported about Africa are
negative but today, I am proud that the story the world has to tell about an
African is a very positive one,” he said in a tribute.

He quoted British Prime Minister Teresa May’s
tribute, on hearing about Kofi Annan’s demise: “Sad to hear of the death of
Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution
to making the world he has left, a better place that the one he was born
into….”, and  emphasised that, it should
be every individual’s duty to leave the world a better place that he
inherited. 

Since the passing of the Seventh United
Nations Secretary-General, there has been an outpouring of tributes from across
the globe complimenting him on his positive values, his relentless optimism for
world peace, his advocacy for the poor and the afflicted and his commitment to
do his part for a positive change.

Though his plate was very full at the global
level, family and community members say, he was very active in their lives,
actualising at home what he was preaching abroad.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, in his tribute,
said Mr Annan brought considerable renown to Ghana by his position and by his
conduct and comportment in the global arena.

“Charming, cosmopolitan, consensus-builder,
elegant, eloquent, gentle-mannered, modest, polyglot, proud African,
peacemaker, quintessential diplomat-these words are still inadequate to capture
the fullness of the personality of Kofi Annan, one of the truly iconic figures
of modern times.

“Indeed the outpouring of tributes from the
world over is an accurate measure of the man, a man who gave his life to making
peace where there was conflict, to defending the voiceless the voiceless who
were powerless, to promoting virtue where there was evil.”

Mr Michel Sidebe, Executive Director of
UNAIDS, summed it up in an article describing Kofi Annan, as a “shining light
of Africa who has left behind millions and millions of blazing bright
spots in every corner of the world.

“An African at heart, a global citizen in
truth, Kofi Annan symbolised the best of humanity. As United Nations
Secretary-General, his contributions to society spanned across continents and
covered multiple issues. He was a rabble rouser, trouble-shooter,
change-maker-all combined in one”.

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations
Secretary-General, stated in his tribute: “He opened the doors of the United
Nations, bringing the Organisation 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. 

“Kofi Annan was the United Nations and the
United Nations was him”.

Ghana’s illustrious son, who rose through the
ranks to head the world body from January 1997 to December 2006, is credited
with initiating the Millennium Development Goals and UN Global Compact to
minimise poverty and suffering around the world.

The Nobel Peace laureate died in Bern,
Switzerland, on August 18, after a short illness, aged 80. He has been buried
at the New Military Cemetery at Burma Camp, in Accra.

He was survived by his wife, Nane, and three
children.

GNA

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