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Kofi Annan Goes Home Today


The late former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will be buried today, Thursday, 13 September 2018, after laying in state at the forecourt of the Accra International Conference Center (AICC) for three days.

A burial service will be held on Thursday morning followed by a private burial at the new military cemetery with full military honours and a 17-gun salute.

Several heads of state across the world are in the country to participate in final funeral rites.

The general public, on Tuesday, 11 September, between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm filed past the body to pay their last respects to the statesman.

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, dignitaries, including recognised groups, chiefs, Members of Parliament, Ministers of State and world leaders, took their turn to pay their last respects to the former UN boss.

Mr Annan, who was the seventh UN Secretary-General from January 1997 to December 2006, died peacefully in Switzerland on 18 August 2018 after a short illness.

Kofi Annan died at age 80 on August 18, 2018, at the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short illness. His remains was brought into Ghana last Monday.

About Kofi Annan

The 80-year old Ghanaian diplomat served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.

Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

He was awarded the Peace Prize for having revitalized the UN and for having given priority to human rights.

The Nobel Committee also recognized his commitment to the struggle of containing the spread of HIV in Africa and his declared opposition to international terrorism.

He is the founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.

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