Leaders meet at the funeral of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

World leaders and international dignitaries gathered to pay their last respects to the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, at his funeral in Ghana today.

World leaders and international dignitaries gathered to pay their last respects to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at his funeral in Ghana today.

Annan, who died last month in Switzerland at age 80, was honored with a state funeral in his home country.

Grandson of the tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the leader of the UN, serving from 1997 to 2006.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for helping to galvanize the organization in the midst of War of Iraq and an HIV pandemic.

World leaders and international dignitaries gathered to pay their last respects to the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, at his funeral in Ghana today.

World leaders and international dignitaries gathered to pay their last respects to the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, at his funeral in Ghana today.

Nane Maria, the widow of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a brief illness.

Nane Maria, the widow of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a brief illness.

Nane Maria, the widow of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a brief illness.

Grandson of the tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the leader of the UN, serving from 1997 to 2006

Grandson of the tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the leader of the UN, serving from 1997 to 2006

Grandson of the tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the leader of the UN, serving from 1997 to 2006

Nane Maria Annan, the Swedish wife of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland, prays in front of her husband's coffin that lies in the International Congress Center.

Nane Maria Annan, the Swedish wife of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland, prays in front of her husband's coffin that lies in the International Congress Center.

Nane Maria Annan, the Swedish wife of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland, prays in front of her husband's coffin that lies in the International Congress Center.

Mourners included Princess Beatriz (center), the former queen of the Netherlands, and her daughter-in-law, Princess Mabel, who were close friends of Annan.

Mourners included Princess Beatriz (center), the former queen of the Netherlands, and her daughter-in-law, Princess Mabel, who were close friends of Annan.

Mourners included Princess Beatriz (center), the former queen of the Netherlands, and her daughter-in-law, Princess Mabel, who were close friends of Annan.

The mourners included Princess Beatrix, the former queen of the Netherlands, and her daughter-in-law, Princess Mabel, who were close friends of Annan.

"Kofi Annan was brave, he told the truth to power while undergoing intense self-scrutiny," said the current Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

Presidents across Africa joined Guterres, Annan's family and many others in a ceremony that concluded with two days of visits.

The presidents of Namibia, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone attended, along with the Prime Minister of Niger and the Vice President of Angola.

Former leaders from Europe and Africa also joined the ceremony, including Graca Machel, wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

Clerics pray over the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag

Clerics pray over the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag

Clerics pray over the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag

Annan, who died last month in Switzerland at age 80, was honored with a state funeral in his home country.

Annan, who died last month in Switzerland at age 80, was honored with a state funeral in his home country.

Annan, who died last month in Switzerland at age 80, was honored with a state funeral in his home country.

Former leaders from Europe and Africa also joined the ceremony, including Graca Machel, wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

Former leaders from Europe and Africa also joined the ceremony, including Graca Machel, wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

Former leaders from Europe and Africa also joined the ceremony, including Graca Machel, wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

The son of Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan, on the left, the widow Nane Annan, on the left, and his daughter Ama Annan, in the center, join other members of the family to pay their respects.

The son of Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan, on the left, the widow Nane Annan, on the left, and his daughter Ama Annan, in the center, join other members of the family to pay their respects.

The son of Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan, on the left, the widow Nane Annan, on the left, and his daughter Ama Annan, in the center, join other members of the family to pay their respects.

A woman dressed in traditional costumes and members of the public pay homage as the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

A woman dressed in traditional costumes and members of the public pay homage as the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

A woman dressed in traditional costumes and members of the public pay homage as the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference Center

The dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference Center

The dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference Center

Gutteres said that the late Annan was an exceptional world leader, and that he was also virtually someone who could see himself: those at the extremes of poverty, conflict and despair who found in him an ally. ; the junior member of the UN follows in his footsteps; the young person he said to his last breath always remembers, you're never too young to lead, and we're never too old to learn. "

Guterres, who was selected by Annan to be the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, spoke of the honor of working with him to weather "many of the same global storms."

"The world has lost a standard bearer of global cooperation, the United Nations has lost an incarnation of its mission," he said. "Now that I occupy the office that Kofi once held, I am continually inspired by his integrity, dynamism and dedication, for him, indifference was the worst poison in the world."

Even after serving as general secretary, he continued working on the front lines of diplomacy, said Guterres.

"He helped alleviate post-election tensions in Kenya, gave his all to find a political solution to the brutal war in Syria and established a way to guarantee justice and rights for the Rohingya people of Myanmar," said Guterres.

The president of Ghana, Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said that Annan was bold and never gave up on what he believed.

Mette-Marit (C), Norwegian heiress attends a state funeral of Kofi Annan at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, September 13, 2018. Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, passed away on the 18th from August 2018 to 80 years

Mette-Marit (C), Norwegian heiress attends a state funeral of Kofi Annan at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, September 13, 2018. Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, passed away on the 18th from August 2018 to 80 years

Princess Mabel (C) of the Netherlands attends the funeral of Kofi Annan at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, on September 13, 2018. Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, died on August 18 from 2018 to 80 years old.

Princess Mabel (C) of the Netherlands attends the funeral of Kofi Annan at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, on September 13, 2018. Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, died on August 18 from 2018 to 80 years old.

Mette-Marit (left), the crown princess of Norway attends a state funeral of Kofi Annan with Princess Mabel (right) of the Netherlands

Dignitaries attend the state funeral for the late Kofi Annan at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, on September 13, 2018. Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, died on August 18, 2018 at 80 years.

Dignitaries attend the state funeral for the late Kofi Annan at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, on September 13, 2018. Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, died on August 18, 2018 at 80 years.

Dignitaries attend the state funeral for the late Kofi Annan at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, on September 13, 2018. Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, died on August 18, 2018 at 80 years.

The guards of a Ghanaian chief wear black and plants on his head, a tradition when they go to a funeral, and stand outside to pay their respects.

The guards of a Ghanaian chief wear black and plants on his head, a tradition when they go to a funeral, and stand outside to pay their respects.

The guards of a Ghanaian chief wear black and plants on his head, a tradition when they go to a funeral, and stand outside to pay their respects.

Traditional leaders pay tribute to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland

Traditional leaders pay tribute to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland

Traditional leaders pay tribute to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland

The soldiers guard the coffin of Kofi Annan, a diplomat from Ghana and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died on August 18 at the age of 80.

The soldiers guard the coffin of Kofi Annan, a diplomat from Ghana and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died on August 18 at the age of 80.

The soldiers guard the coffin of Kofi Annan, a diplomat from Ghana and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died on August 18 at the age of 80.

The heads of Ghana line up outside to pay their respects to the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The heads of Ghana line up outside to pay their respects to the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The heads of Ghana line up outside to pay their respects to the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Ashanti dancers perform while local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan

Ashanti dancers perform while local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan

Ashanti dancers perform while local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan was a fervent believer in the ability of Ghana and the African continent to chart their own path of progress. In the photo: a woman cries

Kofi Annan was a fervent believer in the ability of Ghana and the African continent to chart their own path of progress. In the photo: a woman cries

Kofi Annan was a fervent believer in the ability of Ghana and the African continent to chart their own path of progress. In the photo: a woman cries

"Despite unjustified attacks on him, trying to cope with the responsibility of the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica when he was head of UN peacekeeping operations, he never lost his moral compass, as he demonstrated when he faced the power of the United States. United States when it was embarking on the nefarious intervention in Iraq. "

History has vindicated Annan, Akufo-Addo said, saying that his "epic but useless effort to establish the supremacy of international law over the actions of even the greatest power in the world won him the admiration of all right-thinking people."

He said Kofi Annan was a fervent believer in the ability of Ghana and the African continent to chart their own path of progress.

Annan's wife, Nane, "thanked God for giving her such an extraordinary human being," while her daughter Ama Annan Adedeji said her father "was one of the most loving people I've ever met."

The mourners have gathered at the conference center in Accra, where his coffin has been since his body arrived on Monday and where the funeral took place.

A private burial remains at the Accra military cemetery, complete with military honors and a salute of 17 pistols.

Members of the public pay homage as the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, wrapped in the Ghanaian flag

Members of the public pay homage as the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, wrapped in the Ghanaian flag

Members of the public pay homage as the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, wrapped in the Ghanaian flag

The dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference Center

The dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference Center

The dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference Center

An overview of the state funeral of Kofi Annan at the international conference center in Accra, Ghana

An overview of the state funeral of Kofi Annan at the international conference center in Accra, Ghana

An overview of the state funeral of Kofi Annan at the international conference center in Accra, Ghana

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