KOFI ANNAN SLEEPS AT 80: World Leaders Pay Last Respect At Funeral (PHOTOS)

* Annan, who died last month in Switzerland aged 80, was honored with a state funeral in his home country * The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was first black African to become the UN leader, serving from 1997 to 2006 * Was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for helping to galivinise the organisation in the midst of the Iraq War

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World leaders and dignitaries gather in Ghana to pay last respects at state funeral of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nane Maria Annan, the Swedish wife of the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland, prays in front of the casket of her husband lying in state at the International Conference Centre

Nane Maria Annan, the Swedish wife of the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland, prays in front of the casket of her husband lying in state at the International Conference Centre

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

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

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 courageous, speaking the truth to power while subjecting himself to intense self-scrutiny,’ said current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Presidents from across Africa joined Guterres, Annan’s family and many others in a ceremony that concluded two days of viewings.

The presidents of Namibia, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone attended, along with Niger’s prime minister and Angola’s vice president.

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

Clergymen pray over the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag

Clergymen pray over the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag

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

Annan, who died last month in Switzerland aged 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

Kofi Annan's son Kojo Annan, left, widow Nane Annan, second left, and daughter Ama Annan, center, join other family members to pay their respects

Kofi Annan’s son Kojo Annan, left, widow Nane Annan, second left, and daughter Ama Annan, center, join other family members to pay their respects

A woman wearing traditional dress dances and members of the public pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan

A woman wearing traditional dress dances and members of the public pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference centre

Dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference centre

Gutteres said the late Annan ‘was an exceptional global leader – and he was also someone virtually anyone in the world could see themselves in: those on the far reaches of poverty, conflict and despair who found in him an ally; the junior UN staffer following in his footsteps; the young person to whom he said until his dying breath always remember, you are never too young to lead – and we are never too old to learn.’

Guterres, who was selected by Annan to be the UN 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 embodiment of its mission,’ he said. ‘Now that I occupy the office Kofi once held, I am continually inspired by his integrity, dynamism and dedication. To him, indifference was the world’s worst poison.’

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

‘He helped to ease post-election tensions in Kenya, gave his all to find a political solution to the brutal war in Syria and set out a path for ensuring justice and rights for the Rohingya people of Myanmar,’ said Guterres.

Ghana’s President Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo said Annan was bold and never gave up on what he believed in.

Mette-Marit (C), Crown Princess of Norway attends a state funeral for Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference centre, Ghana, 13 September 2018. Kofi Annan the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations passed away on 18 August 2018 at age 80
Princess Mabel (C) of the Netherlands attends the state funeral for Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference centre, Ghana, 13 September 2018. Kofi Annan the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations passed away on 18 August 2018 at age 80.

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

Dignitaries attend the state funeral for the late Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference centre, Ghana, 13 September 2018. Kofi Annan the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations passed away on 18 August 2018 at age 80

Dignitaries attend the state funeral for the late Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference centre, Ghana, 13 September 2018. Kofi Annan the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations passed away on 18 August 2018 at age 80

Guards of a Ghanaian chief wear black and plants on their heads, a tradition when going to a funeral, and queue outside to pay their respects

Guards of a Ghanaian chief wear black and plants on their heads, a tradition when going to a funeral, and queue outside to pay their respects

Traditional leaders pay their respects to former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland

Traditional leaders pay their respects to former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who died in Switzerland

Soldiers guard the coffin of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80

Soldiers guard the coffin of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80

Ghanaian chiefs queue outside to pay their respects to the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan

iefs queue outside to pay their respects to the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan

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

Kofi Annan was an ardent believer in the capacity of Ghana and the continent of Africa to chart its own path of progress. Pictured: A woman mourns

Kofi Annan was an ardent believer in the capacity of Ghana and the continent of Africa to chart its own path of progress. Pictured: A woman mourns

‘Despite the unjustified attacks on him, trying to fix him with responsibility for the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica when he was head of U.N. peace operations, he never lost his moral compass, as he showed when he stood up to the might of the United States of America when she was embarking on the ill-fated intervention in Iraq.’

History has vindicated Annan, said Akufo-Addo, saying that his ‘epic but unavailing effort to establish the supremacy of international law over the actions of even the world’s greatest power won him the admiration of all right-thinking persons.’

He said Kofi Annan was an ardent believer in the capacity of Ghana and the continent of Africa to chart its own path of progress.

Annan’s wife, Nane ‘thanked God for giving her such an extraordinary human being,’ while his daughter Ama Annan Adedeji said her father ‘was one of the most loving people l have known.’

Mourners have thronged to the conference center in Accra, where his coffin has been since his body arrived Monday, and where the funeral was held.

A private burial follows at Accra’s Military Cemetery, with full military honors and a 17-gun salute.

Members of the public pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped in the Ghana flag

Members of the public pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped in the Ghana flag

Dignitaries sit before the coffin of the late Kofi Annan, during a state funeral at the Accra International Conference centre
A general view of a state funeral for Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference centre, Ghana

A general view of a state funeral for Kofi Annan at the Accra International Conference centre, Ghana

  By Charlie Moore For Mailonline dailymail
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