Annan was a champion of peace

Saturday, August 18, 2018

As tributes continue to pour in for the late former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Brand South Africa has described the late Annan as a champion of human rights, the rule of law and good governance.

“2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela – it is a year which has provided an opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his exceptional leadership. Kofi Annan too was such a great leader, and leaves behind a similar legacy as he dedicated his years in service of human development and peace. The world has lost yet another magnanimous and selfless model leader,” said Brand SA Chief Marketing Officer Linda Magapatona-Sangare in a statement. Annan died in Switzerland on Saturday morning following a short illness.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said Annan’s death was a great shock and loss to the global community.

He described Annan “as a great leader and diplomat extraordinaire” who had advanced the African agenda within the United Nations and had “flown the flag for peace” around the world.

Annan last month delivered the 5th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture that focused on the progress of Africa. Annan also served as the Chairperson of The Elders - an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmenpeace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

The group in the statement described Annan as a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world.

"Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did. He will be greatly missed by so many around the world as well as his staff at the Foundation and his many former colleagues in the United Nations system," the statement read.

Anna’s family requested privacy at the time of mourning. Arrangements to celebrate his life will be announced later this week.