The late former Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan will be remembered for a host of achievements and dedication to duty. Throughout his tenure and even other engagements thereafter, one key quality that stood out about him was his admission that making progress calls for a collective responsibility. He always acknowledged the immense role bestowed on him but admitted that success depends on working together, especially at a time when humanity is confronted by extreme poverty and hunger. He never ceased to stress on the need to focus on people’s welfare even in the face of threat of terrorism. In the first part of the piece entitled THE DIPLOMATS’ DIPLOMAT, GBC’s Kingsley Obeng-Kyereh examines the humility and dedication Kofi Annan brought to his work.
Mr. Annan passed away on August 18, 2018 in the Swiss city of Berne after a brief illness. He and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
Born on April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, he joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Office in Geneva.