PM Mottley: Barbados has lost a friend in Kofi Annan
Prime Minister, Mia Mottley has expressed deep condolences on the passing of Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan saying the “world has lost a skilled international statesman, Ghana has lost a son of its soil, and Barbados has lost a friend”.
In a statement Mottley said she recalled when Annan visited Barbados In January 2002 to open the UN House. In commending Barbados for its achievements and its profile in the international arena, Secretary General Annan said that Barbados “punches above its weight”.
This phrase, she noted, quickly became an iconic description of Barbados’ state of development and our role in international politics.
“This was a status that we enjoyed for many years in the past, and which my Government is working assiduously to re-instate for the benefit of the country and the people. Today, to say that Barbados “punches above its weight” is a call to action.”
PM Mottley said Annan’s work was far-reaching and he assisted greatly in building Barbados’ international development agenda.
“The foundation laid by the Millennium Development Goals has brought the world to a point today where we have the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Development Agenda.”
She said Annan’s legacy will live on forever in the history of the world.
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