Kofi Annan, who has died aged 80. Joel Saget-AFP-Getty Images
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The Pan-African Parliament (PAP), an advisory and consultative organ of the AU, said on Friday it had passed a resolution declaring annual commemorations to recognise the contribution made by Kofi Annan.

The former UN Secretary-General passed away on Aug. 18.

PAP President, Roger Dang, made this know at the opening of the two-week long first Ordinary Session of the fifth PAP in Rwandan capital Kigali.

Dang said that the resolution would be handed to the AU Assembly in Ethiopia in 2019 for adoption.

Once the AU Assembly adopts the resolution, the annual commemorations will be in appreciation of Annan’s diplomatic legacy and decades of humanitarian advocacy, Dang said.

The PAP also outlined other resolutions adopted by lawmakers at the session, including resolutions pushing for harmonised laws protecting people with disability in Africa and urging countries to enact stringent laws to fight corruption and related crimes.

The session which began on Oct. 22 had the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.

The lawmakers at the session discussed peace and security in Africa, the role and impact of the AU electoral observation missions among others.

Born in Ghana in 1938, Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of UN, served from 1997 to 2006.

As Secretary-General, one of Annan’s main priorities was a comprehensive programmer of reform aimed at revitalising the UN and making the international system more effective.

Annan was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace, jointly with the UN.

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