Delivering the tribute at the UN General Assembly in New York, Mr. Ban said Boutros-Ghali was a well -known scholar of international law who brought formidable experience and intellectual power to the task of piloting the UN through one of the most "tumultuous and challenging periods in its history.
"As a Secretary-General, he presided over a dramatic rise in UN Peacekeeping. He also presided over a time when the world increasingly turned to the United Nations for solutions to its problems, in the immediate aftermath of the cold war."
He stressed that Boutros-Gahli did much to shape the organization's response to this new era, in particular through its landmark report "An Agenda for Peace", and the subsequent agendas for development and democratization, according to a dispatch from the Liberian Mission to the UN.
The UN boss said that Mr. Boutros-Gahli was “a courageous man who did not shy away from posing difficult questions” to the Member States, and rightly insisted on the independence of his office and of the secretariat as a whole.
"His commitment to the United Nations - its mission and its staff - was unmistakable, and the mark he has left on the organization is indelible," Ban added.
He then expressed his deepest condolences to Mrs. Boutros-Gahli, the rest of the family, and the Egyptian Government.
Speaking on behalf of the African Group, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Mr. Zwelethu Mnisi, who is currently chairing the Group for the month, praised the late Boutros-Ghali.saying that his tenure was marked by “great achievements and brought pride to the continent of Africa.”
He noted that the late Boutros-Ghali was an independent person who discharged his duties with dedication and professionalism.
Several other speakers, including the Permanent Representative of the host country, United States, as well as the Representatives of countries and regional organizations, paid tributes to the former UN boss.