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University of Ghana holds an evening of Remembrance in honour of the late Mr. Kofi Annan, former Chancellor of the University

Accra, 11 September 2018 – The atmosphere in the University of Ghana on Friday, 7 September 2018 was charged with profound felicitations as scores of sympathisers trooped to the Great Hall of the University to participate in an epic night of remembrance in honour of the late Chancellor of the University, Mr. Kofi Annan.

The event, which was organised under the auspices of the Public Affairs Directorate of the University, was attended by several senior officials of the University, religious leaders, corporate moguls, diplomats, political leaders and students.

The President of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Rev. Prof. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu reiterated the need for leaders to work with dedication and commitment for the good

of society as exemplified in the legendary life of the late Mr. Kofi Annan. In his exhortation, he further lauded the monumental efforts churned by the former UN Secretary General in making giant strides towards global peace and development and charged participants to replicate same in their respective endeavours.

Speeches were delivered by the University’s former high-level staff as well as the current Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu. A striking session of the event was when a documentary on the works of the late Chancellor was aired to the audience. The footage evoked emotions and stirred very profound memories.

Under a well coordinated arena, the night was interspersed by solemn blends of choral and traditionally scintillating melodies from the Ghana Dance Ensemble as well as the Harmonious Chorale – an Accra based choral choir.

Remains of former UN Secretary-General have arrived in Accra

Accra, 10 September 2018 – The remains of the late UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan have arrived in Accra for burial. Several high-level government dignitaries and members of the diplomatic community, led by H.E. the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, gathered at the Kotoka International Airport to receive the remains. The solemn event was attended by the Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia, the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the Speaker of Parliament Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye and the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock.

Accompanying the remains were the spouse of the late UN Secretary-General Mrs. Nane Annan and his children.

Following the pouring of libation and Christian prayers, the United Nations flag which was draped on the coffin on arrival was replaced with the Ghana flag, signaling the formal receipt of the remains by the people of Ghana.

The coffin was then transferred to the Accra International Conference Centre, where the state funeral will take place on Thursday, 13 September 2018. Meanwhile, there will be two days of public viewing of the remains of Mr. Kofi Annan starting tomorrow, 11 September.

UN Honours Kofi Annan

Accra, 23 August 2018 – The United Nations System in Ghana joins the Government and the people of Ghana in mourning the loss of former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan and expresses heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Nane Annan, the children and the entire family.

At a wreath-laying ceremony held in New York on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute to the late Kofi Annan, noting that “He put people at the centre of the work of the United Nations, and was able to turn compassion into action across the UN system.” According to the UN Secretary-General, “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations.”

Secretary-General António Guterres pays his respects during a ceremony honouring the memory and legacy of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

He added that Kofi Annan was “A true voice for the voiceless, … [and] worked creatively to bridge differences and protect the most vulnerable. He stood his ground without antagonizing others; his humility, good humour, courtesy and charm went hand-in-hand with enormous wisdom and strength.”

Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, said that “The UN family in Ghana joins all Ghanaians in mourning the passing of former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and son of Ghana, Mr. Kofi Annan. We give thanks for his amazing life of service to peace, human rights and development.”

UN Ghana honours Kofi Annan with the opening of a book of condolences in Accra

Referring to his life-long commitment to the United Nations, Ms. Evans-Klock pointed out that “What would be the most significant sign of respect for Kofi Annan, is the resoluteness with which we follow his example and act on our own opportunities to make a difference and to ensure that no one is left behind.”

The UN Country Team in Ghana shares Ghana’s grief at this time and stands with all Ghanaians in honouring the outstanding leadership and service of Mr. Kofi Annan.

UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’

New York, 18 August 2018 – Mr. Annan was the seventh man to take the helm of the global organization and the first Secretary-General to emerge from the ranks of its staff.

The current UN chief, Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and a “proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”

“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.

“He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world.  In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us.” Read further.