Kofi Annan was an exceptional global leader – UN
The UN today paid final respects to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the late Ghanaian diplomat is laid to rest today in Ghana.
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The current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his remarks at the funeral of his predecessor, played glowing tributes to Annan, who died on Aug. 18, at the age of eighty years.
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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UN General Assembly would hold a commemorative meeting to pay tribute to the former Secretary-General on Friday, at the UN headquarters in New York.
Statements, a minute of silence, and traditional African cultural performance, are expected to be made in honour of the seventh UN scribe.
“I was one-of-a-kind and one of us. He was an exceptional global leader.
“He was also someone virtually anyone in the world could see themselves in: those on the far reaching of poverty or by, conflict and despair who found in him an ally; the junior UN staffers following in his footsteps; the young person to whom he said until his dying breath ‘always remember, you are never too young to lead – and we are never too old to learn.
“Like few in our time, Kofi Annan would bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal for our common humanity.
“There is an old joke: The art of diplomacy is to say nothing … especially when you are speaking! Kofi Annan could say everything, sometimes without uttering a word.
“It came from the dignity and the moral conviction and the humanity that was so deep in him.
“He had that gentle voice, that lilt that made people smile and think of music. But his words were tough and wise.