Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan passed away at 80-years
Kofi Annan is one of the world’s celebrated diplomats and symbol of charismatic of the United Nations, who through his ranks becomes the first black-skinned African secretary-general, passed away today. He took his last breath at the age of 80-years.
The news of his death is announced by his foundation on Saturday in Switzerland in a tweet, stating that he died due to an unspecified illness. In a statement, the foundation stated, “Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy.”
“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Anna, the former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” the foundation added.
Anna spent his life as an administrator in the United Nations. His cool-tempered elegance, aristocratic style and political savvy support him to become 7th Secretary-General, as well as the first hired from within. He has served there for two terms, from January 1, 1997-December 31, 2006. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
Kofi Annan died in a Swiss hospital. During his last days, Annan’s wife Nane and children’s Kojo, Ama and Nina were also there.
The Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was born on April 9, 1938, in Ghana. He was also the founder and chairman of the ‘Kofi Annan Foundation’ and Chairperson of The Elders, which is an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.