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Kofi Annan will be mourned on every continent.There were other important firsts that occurred on Annan's watch: the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria was created; $100 billion of African debt was forgiven; aid to the poorest countries rose fast; the Responsibility to Protect principle moved from one man' s aspiration to unanimous endorsement by the United Nations General Assembly; and the first steps toward the Paris climate agreement were taken.These were just a few of the causes that Annan championed.Each advance made during Annan' s 10 years as secretary-general owed everything to his personal commitment, determination and faith in the future.In the last few months, I talked with Annan about Myanmar and the pathbreaking proposals put forth by his Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, which, even now, offer the best chance of reconciliation and an end to the crisis that has been destroying lives in that strife-torn country.Annan' s journey is over.
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