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H.H. The Aga Khan attends State Funeral of former Secretary-General of United Nations 2018-09-13

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Thursday, 2018, September 13
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Hazar Imam attends State Funeral of Kofi Annan - former Secretary-General of the United Nations  2018-9-13

Mawlana Hazar Imam, at the invitation of the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, today joined world leaders at the funeral of former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Mr Annan was laid to rest at a state funeral in Accra, Ghana earlier today. Hazar Imam was accompanied by Princess Zahra.

Mr Annan was a friend of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family and a valued partner of the Aga Khan Development Network. In 2010, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism, founded by Hazar Imam in Ottawa, in partnership with the Government of Canada. The Centre was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.

Mawlana Hazar Imam thanked the Government of Ghana for bringing together dignitaries, friends and colleagues from around the world to honour Mr Annan’s accomplishments.

He was in Ghana at the invitation of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pay his last respects to the international statesman who died on August 18 in Switzerland at the State funeral service. He was 80 years old.

He paid tribute to Mr Annan’s service to the cause of peace and tolerance. “Kofi Annan fought for peace, dignity, and respect, traits which he embodied throughout his life’s work. Mr Annan was a unique leader, who, as Secretary General of the United Nations, as a member of the Elders and through the Kofi Annan Foundation, had an impact on world events which will be remembered for their contribution to help bring stability and hope to so many parts of the globe. He was a remarkably generous individual and trusted friend. He will be greatly missed.”

Princess Zahra, who served on the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism with Kofi Annan, also expressed her deep sadness at the loss of the visionary leader.

The ceremony was attended by all former living Ghanaian presidents, ministers, Members of Parliament, politicians, clergy, the business community, heads of state from different countries, members of the diplomatic corps and a host of others.

The late Kofi Annan, was buried last Thursday at the Military cemetery at Burma Camp. He served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1997 to December 2006.


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