A program memorializing fallen former UN Secretary General Dr. Kofi Annan, has taken place in Liberia.
Organizers say the program, which took place at the UN House, in the capital, Monrovia, commemorates the 3rd anniversary the death of Dr. Annan, and memorializes his legacy.
The program, according to organizers, was a reflection of Dr. Annan’s leadership values, especially in the area of ensuring peace and stability reigns in the world including Liberia, when he served as Secretary General of the UN.
The event which was organized by the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT); in collaboration with the Government of Liberia; the Angie Brooks International Centre for Women’s Empowerment Leadership Development International Peace and Security; and the United Nations System; was graced by officials of the Liberian government, representatives of the UN System, various women organizations, and among others.
Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah; University of Liberia (UL) President Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson; and the Angie Brooks International Centre for Women’s Empowerment Leadership Development International Peace and Security Board Chairperson, Olubanke King-Akerele,were among dignitaries that grace the occasion. All three individuals made remarks during the program.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office’s Country Representative, Uchenna, a Liberian women’s rights advocate, Miatta Fahnbulleh, and a former Commissioner of Liberia’s erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC), Cllr. Pearl Brown Bull, were also in attendance at the occasion.
Speakers at the program recounted Dr. Annan’s contributions, particularly to Liberia and Africa, also noting his ascendancy to the UN’s top post.
Many emphasized Dr. Annan’s role in the attainment and sustenance of peace and security, women’s empowerment, youth development, especially his prowess in conflict resolution for lasting peace and stability in the world.
AS part of memorializing Dr. Annan and reflecting on his legacy, the Kofi Annan Living Memorial (KALM) focuses on providing opportunity for young diplomats to acquire conflict prevention and the realization of the sustainable development goals; the establishment and promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs clubs for the realization of these goals at high schools and youth organizations; as well as organizing workshops for out-of-school and disadvantaged youths, and among others.