Embassy of Ghana in Copenhagen Mourns H.E. Kofi Atta Annan

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The Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Copenhagen has the honour to inform with deep regret, the death of Mr. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation in Ghana, on Saturday, 19th August 2018.

In view of this, a book of condolence has been opened for signing at the Embassy of Ghana (Egebjerg Alle 13, 2900 Hellerup) Monday, 20th August 2018 from 1:30p.m to 3:00p.m and from Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th August 2018, from 10: 30a.m to 3:00p.m.

 

"I received with shock and disbelief the sudden death of Mr. Kofi Annan. The world has indeed lost a great leader, a champion for peace and freedom for all humanity. An illustrious son of Ghana and indeed Africa. His selfless service is an indelible mark in the lives of many across the globe. My heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family."

"Busumuru Kofi Annan, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

         --- H.E. Mrs. Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa (Ambassador of Ghana - Copenhagen)

 

 

Background

Mr. Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938.

He served as UN Secretary-General for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning in January 1997.

Mr. Annan joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, rising to hold senior-level posts in areas such as budget and finance, and peacekeeping.

From his beginnings in Geneva, Mr. Annan held UN posts in places such as Ethiopia, Egypt, the former Yugoslavia and at Headquarters in New York.

Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he was tasked with facilitating the repatriation of more than 900 international staff as well as the release of Western hostages.

He later led the first UN team negotiating with Iraq on the sale of oil to fund purchases of humanitarian aid.

Immediately prior to his appointment as Secretary-General in January 1997, Mr. Annan headed the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations during a period which saw an unprecedented growth in the Organization’s field presence.

His first major initiative as UN chief was a plan for UN reform, presented to Member States in July 1997.

Mr. Annan used his office to advocate for human rights, the rule of law, development and Africa, and he worked to bring the UN closer to people worldwide by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.

As Secretary-General, he also galvanized global action to fight HIV/AIDS and combat terrorism.

Mr. Annan and the United Nations jointly were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

In his farewell statement to the UN General Assembly in December 2006, Kofi Annan expressed emotion over leaving what he called “this mountain with its bracing winds and global views.”

Although the job had been difficult and challenging, he admitted that it was also “thrillingly rewarding” at times.

“And while I look forward to resting my shoulder from those stubborn rocks in the next phase of my life, I know I shall miss the mountain,” he said.

However, Mr. Annan did not rest, taking on the role of UN Special Envoy for Syria in the wake of the conflict which began in March 2011.

He also chaired an Advisory Commission established by Myanmar in 2016 to improve the welfare of all people in Rakhine state, home to the minority Rohingya community.

His homeland, Ghana, established an international peacekeeping training centre that bears his name, which was commissioned in 2004.

 

Source: UN