The Head of Business from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Ethiopia, Moises Mba Nchama, attended the ceremony in tribute to the former General Secretary of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, in Addis Abeba.
The ceremony took place in the Haile Hall, in the presence of Heads of Business. The ceremony began with a minute’s silence, followed by speeches by Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Africa; professor Afewer Kassu, Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Ratebaye Tordeta, Representative of the President on the African Union Commission; Amma Adomaa Twun, Ambassador to Ethiopia from Ghana; and Emilie Renner Felt, Adviser at the Swedish Embassy in Ethiopia, among other speakers.
They all paid tribute to the deceased UN Secretary General, his management of the institution which he led towards the new millennium with dignity and determination, promoting dialogue for resolving problems and marking the way towards a better world. These and other qualities allowed him to win the Nobel Peace Prize; he also confronted the errors committed by the United Nations on the 1990s, in his response to the genocide in Rwanda.
Kofi Ata Annan, the seventh UN General Secretary over two mandates, from January 1997 to December 2006, was born in Kumasi (Ghana) on 8th April 1938, and passed away on 18th August, at the age of eighty.
The United Nations believes that the shadow of Annan will remain in the memory of the institution.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office