Accra – Swiss – 18 August
The death of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80 at a Swiss hospital, his aides said,
“He left peacefully on Saturday, shortly after the illness,” Annan said in an official statement.
Annan served as Secretary-General of the United Nations for two terms, from 1997 to 2006, the first black African to hold the post, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.
He later served as United Nations Special Envoy to Syria to lead international efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
The late Kofi Annan Foundation described him as a “global statesman, committed to international issues, for a more just and peaceful world.”
“Wherever there was suffering or need, he extended his hand to many with his deep compassion, without thinking about himself, putting others first, so all he did was saturated with real kindness, warmth and intelligence.”
The Ghanaian diplomat has been living in Geneva in recent years.
Annan won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for his role in reviving the United Nations at the time of the US war on Iraq and the spread of the HIV / AIDS pandemic.
Annan described his most important achievements as the Millennium Development Goals, which for the first time set global targets to be achieved on issues such as poverty and high child mortality.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who was previously chosen by Annan to head the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in a statement
“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. Rise in the career ladder until he led the organization to a new millennium with dignity and design uninterrupted. “
Annan was criticized when he was head of UN peacekeeping because of the UN’s failure to stop the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.
Annan, when he was secretary-general of the United Nations, was associated with peace efforts to reunite the two parts of the island by offering a draft plan for reunification but Greek Cypriots rejected it in a 2004 referendum.