Ghana to eulogise Kofi Annan on UN Day

Late Kofi Annan

Late Kofi Annan

Ghana will join the rest of the International Community on October 24, to mark the United Nations Day, with emphasis on the stewardship of the late former Kofi Annan, as Secretary General for the period 1997-2006.

This year’s UN Day is on the theme, “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: Global leadership and sharing responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.”

The day is observed worldwide annually to commemorate the signing of the UN Charter on October    24,1945 by the global community to  promote, through its specialised agencies,  international cooperation for peace , security , upholding of human rights as well as respond to humanitarian crises.

Ghana will seek to highlights the legacy of late Kofi Annan captured in the global theme, as he stood for a sustainable society in which mankind lives in peace, well-secured society and devoid of extreme poverty.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has set up an Ad-Hoc Planning Committee made up of representatives from Ministries, Departments, Agencies and civil society to plan series of public events, to be climaxed with a Flag raising ceremony at the Forecourt of the State House on October 24.

The Director of Multilateral Relations Bureau of the ministry, and chair of the committee, Francis Kotia, at the maiden meeting of the committee on Wednesday, urged the committee to endeavour to make the events successful.

The late Kofi Annan is credited for proposing to the global community at the Millennium Summit in September 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that forged global partnership to reduce extreme poverty, with series of eight time-bound targets that came to a close in 2015.

The MDGs were transited to the Sustainable Development Goals agenda 2030, with more ambitious targets to build on the gains chalked up under the MDGs, by eradicating all forms of extreme poverty and to protect the planet.

By Salifu  Abdul-Rahaman

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