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AU passes resolution on annual commemorations in honor Kofi Annan

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The Pan-African Parliament (PAP), an advisory and consultative organ of the African Union, announced Friday it had passed a resolution declaring annual commemorations to recognize the contribution made by Kofi Annan.

   The former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General passed away on Aug. 18.

   PAP president Roger Nkodo Dang made the announcement during the closure of the two-week long first Ordinary Session of the fifth PAP in Rwandan capital, Kigali, saying the resolution will be handed to the AU Assembly in Ethiopia next year for adoption.

   Once the AU Assembly adopts the resolution, the annual commemorations will be in appreciation of Annan’s diplomatic legacy and decades of humanitarian advocacy, according to the PAP.

   The PAP also outlined other resolutions adopted by lawmakers at the session, including resolutions pushing for harmonized laws protecting people with disability in Africa and urging countries to enact stringent laws to fight corruption and related crimes.

   The session, starting from Oct. 22, was held under the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” where lawmakers discussed peace and security in Africa, the role and impact of the AU electoral observation missions among others. 

   Born in Ghana in 1938, Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of UN, served from 1997 to 2006.

   As Secretary-General, one of Annan’s main priorities was a comprehensive program of reform aimed at revitalizing the United Nations and making the international system more effective.

   Annan was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace, jointly with the UN. 

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