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Kofi Annan

The IPU mourns the death of Kofi Annan

It is with great sadness that we learn that former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has passed away. He was one of the world’s great true leaders and an extraordinary diplomat who made an invaluable contribution to world peace, as demonstrated
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Theo-Ben Gurirab

IPU regrets the passing of former IPU President Theo-Ben Gurirab

The IPU is saddened by the death of Theo-Ben Gurirab in Windhoek last Saturday. Dr. Gurirab was IPU President from 2008 to 2011. He was a world leader who brought great distinction and wisdom to the position. Dr. Gurirab was a prominent politician in Namibia and one of the architects of the country’s independence. As SWAPO’s representative to the United Nations, he was one of the team negotiating for independence. He held several posts in the young country’s government: Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 2002, Prime Minister from 2002 to 2005, and Speaker of the National Assembly from 2005 to 2015. He also presided over the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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