Late UN Chief Honored for Contribution

Addis Ababa The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and representatives of the diplomatic community today honored the late UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, for his contribution for peace.

Executive Secretary of ECA, Vera Songwe described the late UN Chief as a champion for peace and guiding for force of good.

The Executive Secretary said that Annan, who passed away on Saturday at age 80, was the symbol of great authority and wisdom in public and private spheres.

He was a voice for the voiceless, an inspiration for youth. In the face of diversity, he remained a beacon of hope, she underlined.

Furthermore she noted that he was a noble defender of humanity, and a true internationalist and statesman.

State Minister of Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs Professor Afework Kassu said Annan was the face of UN and represented multilateralism.

He made us all Africans proud by his tireless service for the causes of peace, sustainable development, rights of women he said, adding above all by being a stanch vanguard for the principle of the UN charter.

The State Minister reiterated that Annan was exemplary in speaking truth and in putting forth his concerns regarding the rise of intolerant political cultures.

His great work and his remarkable legacy as a global champion for peace, development and human rights will remain a true inspiration for all of us in Africa and the world at large, professor Afework assured.

Ghanaian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Amma Adomaa Twum-Amoah said the death of Kofi Anna is a great loss not only for Ghana, but for Africa and world at large.

He brought great renown to Ghana in Africa including through his compartment in diplomacy in the global arena, ambassador noted.

His career in the UN, which began in 1962, spanned various agencies and duty posts including the ECA here in Addis Ababa, the WHO in Geneva and the secretariat in the New York.

Anan was the first black UN Secretary-General and served for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning from January 1997.

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

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work jointly with the UN as an organization in 2001.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency