UNESCO DG bemoans the passing of Kofi Annan

Paris, France (PANA) - "I am deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kofi Annan," said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, who called the Ghanaian diplomat:  "A great defender of peace, a very embodiment of peace and of a resolutely modern vision of the United Nations."

According to Azoulay, Kofi Annan's conviction that a culture of peace should be developed is fully in line with the mandate and daily commitment of UNESCO.

The UNESCO Chief said: "I remember his kindness, his determination and his absolute elegance. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends, to his fellow Ghanaians and join the international community in saluting his tireless efforts for a better world and lasting peace through international cooperation.”

Azoulay recalled "In 2011, writing for a UNESCO publication, Annan said: “We need to act at a deeper level for the prevention of violent conflicts before they arise. We need a culture of peace. The first and fundamental principle of such a culture must be tolerance. This means welcoming and celebrating the differences that make our planet such a varied and richly textured place.”

On 8 December 1998, Annan took part in UNESCO's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UNESCO says, recalling that the "United Nations action on human rights is one and indivisible.

'All human rights for all’ is our common goal.' She said "It is in this spirit that he has embarked on a vast reform of the United Nations.

"As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, its committed vision of multilateralism and the central role of the United Nations remains as relevant as ever.
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19 august 2018 09:57:18

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