By H.E. Festus G. Mogae, Chairman of the Champions for an AIDS- Free Generation
Koffi Annan was a true internationalist with a heart for humanity. He unquestionably showed concern for the world’s poor and vulnerable, for those involved in war and for those whose lives were wrecked by natural disasters and disease.
As the UN Secretary General, Koffi Annan visited my own country - Botswana in 2002, at the height of the devastating HIV and AIDS pandemic. We remain eternally thankful to him for his inspiration and support, as we fought the scourge.
I pay tribute to the international community for recognizing merit and according Koffi Annan the opportunity to serve as the 7th United Nations Secretary General, as the first black man to do so.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.