PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has joined world leaders in paying tribute to former Secretary General of the United Nations the Late Koffi Annan.
Speaking at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York recently, Prime Minister Houenipwela said Solomon Islands also joins other member states in mourning the loss of the Late Koffi Annan.
“He is a proud son of Ghana and Africa. We acknowledge his immense contributions to the work of our organisation. The Late Kofi Annan was truly a global statesman,” the Prime Minister said when addressing world leaders at the UNGA.
The Former UN Secretary-General died on August 18, 2018 and was buried in his home country of Ghana with highest honours.
World leaders honoured him at the 73rd UNGA as a man of peace who was dedicated to humanity.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela has also conveyed his greetings to the UNGA president María Fernanda Espinosa.
“On behalf of my Government and the People of Solomon Islands, I convey warmest greetings, to you Madam President and the members of this august Assembly,” he said.
The Prime Minister also commended and thanked the former president His Excellency Miroslav Lajčák, for his sterling stewardship of the 72nd session of the General Assembly.
The Prime Minister when addressing the UNGA recently also urged United Nations to be relevant to all people.
“This should not be a platform to stand up and talk about issues in this august body. It is in fact, incumbent upon us all to be seen as making United Nations relevant to all peoples in the actions we take individually and collectively,” he said.