Today we all mourn the loss of one of the greatest men of our times: with the passing of Kofi Annan, Ghana, Africa and the entire world lost a true humanitarian who dedicated his life to defending peace and human rights.
A laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize and Secretary General of the United Nations for two consecutive mandates, Kofi Annan was a staunch supporter of multilateralism and fought against racism, social exclusion and intolerance, including in his engagement as chairperson of The Elders group.
There is no other way we can truly pay tribute to his legacy than by reasserting our collective and firm commitment to keep defending these very same ideals.
I’ve had the pleasure and the honour to meet him often in the last years and to cooperate with him. He’s been supportive of the European Union’s engagement on different files, including the work to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.
On behalf of the European Union, I convey my most sincere condolences to his family, the Government of Ghana, the United Nations and The Elders group.