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Children sheltering in a school after being displaced by Cyclone Kenneth, in Pemba city, Mozambique.
WFP/Nour Hemici

Friday’s Daily Brief: Fundraising for Mozambique, Assange’s rights, Asia-Pacific development, Somalia and Sudan updates

This Friday, we cover: a donor conference to support life-saving and recovery aid for Mozambique following two recent devastating cyclones; the need to respect Wikileaks’ Assange’s rights; how Asia-Pacific is working towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ; news from Somalia and Sudan; and a new stamp honouring Kofi Annan.

Kofi Annan, 8 April 1938 - 18 August 2018
UN Photo/Mark Garten

Remembering Kofi Annan

From 1997 to 2005, Kofi Annan, the late United Nations Secretary-General, championed everything from stronger human rights and peacekeeping operations around the world, to revitalizing the UN itself by insisting on creating a new dynamic deputy chief role, an effective ethics office and the mantra of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation.

UN Photo/Sergey Bermeniev

UN Geneva chief mourns passing of Kofi Annan, one of ‘last big moral voices’

Kofi Annan’s passing has deprived us of one of the world’s “last big moral voices”, the UN’s top official in Geneva and friend of nearly 40 years, Michael Møller, said on Saturday.

Mr Møller sat down with Michele Zaccheo and described how the former Secretary-General’s humanity infused "everything that he did, every concern that he had and every decision that he took”.

Our photo shows Mr. Annan receiving the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize which was jointly awarded to the Secretary-General and the United Nations.  UN Photo/Sergey Bermeniev.