United Nations in Ghana Pays Tribute to Former President of Ghana, H.E. Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings

In the death of His Excellency Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, not only has Ghana lost a son, but Africa has lost a voice that spoke truth to power at national, continental and global leadership levels.

The late JJ Rawlings stood tall among African leaders who have advocated for an Africa that is self-sufficient, self-reliant, disciplined, democratic and vigilant. In death, he will not be forgotten because his strong will and vision for an Africa that took care of its own, and for a world where multilateralism is pursued in the best interest of the most vulnerable encapsulates our shared vision for the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. His selfless service to humanity and ability to inspire and encourage a whole continent earned him the global recognition as an Eminent Person for the United Nations International Year of Volunteers in 2001. A year earlier he had received the Food and Agriculture Organization’s ‘AGRICOLA’ medal for promoting agriculture in Ghana. Read the full tribute.

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