Statement by H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly on the passing of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, New York, 18 August 2018

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most respected diplomats, an extraordinary statesman, and a visionary champion for multilateralism. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a strong believer in dialogue and deeply committed defender of peace, development and human rights. 

He dedicated his life to making the world a better, more peaceful, and just place for all people.And in many ways, he is a symbol for the shared values of the United Nations. Like so many among us, I considered Kofi Annan a role model and a mentor. During my time with the Secretary-General´s Special Envoys for the Balkans, Eduard Kukan and Carl Bildt, I had the honour to work closely with him. Since then, I admire his wise and steadfast leadership, acumen and charisma. 

I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family and friends, the people of Ghana and Africa, and all who mourn the loss of this remarkable man. Let us continue to be inspired by his lifelong example.