By Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Sept. 11, GNA - Madam Dorothy Gordon, a former Founding Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) has hailed the moral uprightness of the late former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan.
She said the late Mr Kofi Annan was a man of integrity, who stood for global peace.
Madam Gordon gave the commendation in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the state funeral of the late Mr Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference Centre.
She noted that during her tenure as AITI-KACE Director-General, the late Mr Kofi Annan used to give them useful advice, which went a long way to help improve the Centre's performance.
She praised the exemplary leadership of the late Mr Kofi Annan; stating that despite the fact that he was no more, his books, principles and what he stood for were there to guide the young generation.
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 in Kumasi, he joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Office in Geneva.
He then went to serve in various capacities at the UN Headquarters, including serving as Under Secretary-General for peacekeeping from March 1992 to December 1996.
He was appointed the UN Chief in December 1996 by the Security Council and later confirmed by the General Assembly, becoming the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself.
Mr Annan was re-elected for a second term in 2001 and was succeeded by South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon on January 01, 2007.
As Secretary-General, he worked to reform the UN bureaucracy, combat the deadly HIV spread, especially in Africa and launched the UN Global Compact.
He also initiated the Millennium Development Goals towards improving the lots of the poor around the world.
After serving out his term, he formed the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to work on international development, peace and humanitarianism.
He was also the Chairman of “The Elders”, an international organisation founded by Nelson Mandela.
In 2012, Mr Annan became the UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, to aid efforts at resolving the bloody conflict there but quit over his frustration with the lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution.
He was appointed to lead a UN Commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis in September 2016.
Mr Annan studied Economics at Macalester College, International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He is survived by his wife Nane Marie Lagergren and their Children, Ama, Kojo and Nina.