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Filipe Nyusi has lamented the death of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, highlighting his role as a “highly talented and skilled global diplomat.”
“On behalf of the people, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and on myself, I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of the Republic of Ghana, especially to the bereaved family and friends,” the head of state said in note distributed to the press.
The note recalls Kofi Annan’s commitment to the achievement of the Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals, describing a leader who “left a vast legacy”.
“We must also feel proud, and celebrate his legacy and works, which have changed many lives for the better and inspire the world to promote peace, justice and inclusion,” the head of state writes, adding that the world has witnessed a “global and highly talented diplomat”.
Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan, died in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday, at the age of 80.
During his tenure as head of the United Nations, Annan in 2001 established the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an international public-private partnership, to support developing countries.
In 1962, the Ghanaian diplomat began serving as administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. He moved to the United Nations in the late 1980s and afterwards served as assistant secretary-general in three consecutive positions – Human Resources Management and Security Coordinator for the UN system (1987-1990), Assistant Secretary-General for Program Planning, Budget and Finance, and Control (1990-1992) and Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (1993-1996).
When out of office he returned in special roles, including as the UN Arab League’s special envoy to Syria. Annan took up the top UN post during difficult times and was a staunch opponent of the Iraq war.Source: Lusa
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