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FAREWELL KOFI ANNAN – A GREAT SON OF AFRICA

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‘’Let me briefly remind you of them: First, we are all responsible for each other’s security. Second, we can and must give everyone the chance to benefit from global prosperity. Third, both security and prosperity depend on human rights and the rule of law. Fourth, states must be accountable to each other, and to a broad range of non-state actors, in their international conduct. My fifth and final lesson derives inescapably from those other four. We can only do all these things by working together through a multilateral system, and by making the best possible use of the unique instrument bequeathed to us by Harry Truman and his contemporaries, namely the United Nations.’’ – Kofi Annan, in his valedictory speech as UN Secretary-General, in which he specially celebrated the contributions of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States to the development of the United Nations. Truman’s presidency was a turning point in US foreign affairs. KOFI A. ANNAN is dead.  The news of his departure at the age of 80 years was announced today. Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, served from 1997 to 2006 and made history as the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. United Nations publications document Mr. Annan as joining the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva. He later served with the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, the UN Emergency Force (UNEF II) in Ismailia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, and in various senior posts in New York dealing with human resources, budget, finance and staff security. Immediately before becoming Secretary-General, he was Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping. Mr. Annan also served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the former Yugoslavia (1995-1996), and facilitated the repatriation from Iraq of more than 900 international staff and other non-Iraqi nationals (1990). One of Mr. Annan’s main priorities as Secretary-General was a comprehensive programme of reform aimed at revitalizing the United Nations and making the international system more effective. He was a constant advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa, and sought to bring the Organization closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners. At Mr. Annan’s initiative, UN peacekeeping was strengthened…

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