AUC Chairperson mourns former UN Scribe, Kofi Annan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Offering condolences to Ghanaians, the Annan family and his colleagues in the UN system, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said he learnt with sadness of the death of Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

According to the media channel of the African Union (AU), the Chairperson noted that both during his time as Secretary-General and thereafter, within the framework of his Foundation and the Elders, Kofi Annan made a tremendous contribution to the quest for durable peace and sustainable development in the world.

He pioneered some of the most ground-breaking United Nations policies, including on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Responsibility to Protect.

He advocated tirelessly for the values of peace, human rights, tolerance and solidarity among all nations and peoples.

The Chairperson further noted that Kofi Annan actively promoted the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations. He spearheaded, together with then African Union Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare, the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme for the African Union, the establishment of the Hybrid Operation in Darfur - a unique model of cooperation in peacekeeping between the African Union and the United Nations, and a number of other key initiatives.

The Chairperson paid pays tribute to Kofi Annan for his immense contribution to the advancement of peace and development, saying that Annan's dedication to humanity, diplomacy and humility will forever be a shining example of what leadership should be.

As the continent resolutely pursues its goal of achieving “The Africa We Want”, Kofi Annan will remain a source of inspiration and encouragement, the AU said.

"Through his numerous accomplishments, he has made Africa proud. May His Soul Rest In Peace!", the African Union added.
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19 août 2018 09:30:48

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