Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at 80

Kofi Annan

Former United Nations Secretary-General, and first black African to become UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan has died aged 80 in Switzerland, according to his aides.

Mr. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations. Born in Kumasi on April 8, 1938, Annan was UN secretary General from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

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.”

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