Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the Passing of Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan

August 19, 2018

  

NEW YORK (August 18, 2018) – “I was saddened and heartbroken to learn of the passing of Kofi Annan. Father. Husband. Humanitarian. Elder. He was a lifelong servant of peace.”

“He was particularly concerned about the future – the world our children and their children will inherit. And he led the United Nations during a time when millions emerged out of poverty and he helped shape the future of global development work.”

“Most of all, Kofi Annan believed in the project of the United Nations. When once asked why he had failed to advance reforms, he reportedly quipped, 'the Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.' Yet, through his six decades of international public service, Annan was committed to making sure he was not alone – enlisting us all in the work of building a better world.“

“And in the end, Annan’s life reflected his understanding of it – that the fate of each of us determines the fate of all of us. On behalf of everyone at UNICEF, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, his beloved nation of Ghana, and the UN community.”

 

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For more information, contact
Lauren Davitt, UNICEF USA, 212.922.2503, ldavitt@unicefusa.org