Formal General Secretary of United Nations ‘Kofi Annan’ Dies at 80
FORMER United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has died at age 80.
Being the first black African, the 80-year-old Kofi Annan served as the seventh United Nations Secretary General from January 1997 to December 2006. He also served as the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria in 2012.
Mr Annan died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, according to a statement issued by his family.
Kofi Annan also won the Nobel Prize for his humanitarian work in 2001.
Earlier in the day, the Kofi Annan Foundation told on Twitter that Nobel Peace Laureate has passed.
It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness… pic.twitter.com/42nGOxmcPZ
— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) August 18, 2018
The United Nations Migration Agency also confirmed his death in a tweet, saying:
A life well lived. A life worth celebrating. pic.twitter.com/3sLmy7VS2p
— IOM – UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres voiced deep sorrow at the news his predecessor had passed away, calling him “a guiding force for good”.
“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good,” Guterres said in a statement shortly after news broke of Annan’s passing.
He quickly became a familiar face on television, with his name making newspaper headlines, and he was a sought-after guest at gala events and New York dinner parties.
The UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was grief-stricken over Annan’s death.
“Kofi was humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace. In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world’s loss becomes even more painful,” he said.
“He was a friend to thousands and a leader of millions.”
Pakistan has voiced heartfelt condolence over the death of the former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.
Pakistan expresses condolences, at the passing away of Mr Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of United Nations, to his family, friends and the entire UN family.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) August 18, 2018
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