His Excellency Kofi Annan died in Switzerland, this Saturday morning after a short illness.
Here are 12 achievements of the illustrious son of Ghana:
- Kofi Annan emerged from the ranks of United Nations staff to serve as the Secretary-General of the UN.
- He served as the seventh UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006.
- He launched the Global Compact campaign in 1999, which is the biggest initiative for promoting corporate social responsibility
- He and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.
- He championed the establishment of a comprehensive reforms program aimed at revitalizing the UN.
- He was a passionate advocate of human rights, and a strong believer in the universal values of equality, tolerance and Human dignity
- He was integral in the establishment of two new intergovernmental bodies; the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council in 2005.
- He again played an integral role in the creation of the Global Funds to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
- He also advocated for the Millenium Development Goals in Africa, the rule of law and human rights.
- He strongly opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iran’s nuclear program.
- He was appointed as the joint UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria in an attempt to deal with the ongoing conflicts there.
- In 1998, he established the Kofi Annan International PeaceKeeping Training center in Accra, Ghana, which provides training and research in peacekeeping and peace operations.