By Christine Lagarde and Vitor Gaspar//(AIWA! NO!)World leaders are gathering at the United Nations to discuss how to deliver on development for all that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable—“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
bY VIRGIN BOSS RICHARD BRANSON//As I wrote, I had the privilege of spending time with Kofi in South Africa recently to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary and The Elders’ Walk Together campaign. As always, I was struck by how hopeful Kofi was about the future, despite dedicating his life to helping to change some of the worst conflicts and crises in the world.
Annan was not the first person nor the only African to have headed the global body, but his ability to lead and inspire endeared him to the world. His 10-year leadership of the UN in the post-cold war era, saw him championing human rights like never before. His personality, style, and strength combined to reinvigorate the agency.
The UN, which Annan led from 1996-2007, was not without failings but his reign was successful in many areas. Little wonder the failure to act sufficiently during the Rwandan genocide and Bosnian crisis, were just the low moments that featured in most commentaries about his time as head of the UN. This explains the quality of the tributes pouring in for the late global statesman, whose works at the UN earned him the status of an international superstar. Some of the eulogies are even coming from quarters, that hardly espouse those things that endeared Annan to people. However, beyond these chanting of dirges, his legacies are timeless lessons for leaders, especially African rulers.
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It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan – former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness.