Ex-UN chief Kofi Annan is dead

Ex-UN chief Kofi Annan is dead

18 August 2018 Saturday 12:56
Ex-UN chief Kofi Annan is dead

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died.

The ex-UN boss who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, died on Saturday aged 80.

According to media reports, he died in Switzerland where he was receiving treatment. The Ghanaian was appointed U.N.

Secretary General in 1996 after having served in different capacities within the same organization. He served in this position until December 2006.

He "passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness", the foundation named after him said on Saturday.

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world's top diplomat, serving from 1997 to 2006.

He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

In a statement announcing his death, the Kofi Annan Foundation described him as a "global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world".

"Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did."

Annan's tenure as UN secretary-general coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/Aids pandemic.

Updated: 18.08.2018 15:12
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