Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has passed away in a hospital in Switzerland after a short illness on Saturday August 18, 2018 . He was 80.
An official statement from his family said:
“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. His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days.”
According to the statement, whilst Kofi Annan’s family seeks privacy during this period, plans are underway to celebrate his leagcy and same will be communicated soon.
Born on 8th April, 1938, Kofi Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh United Nations Secretary-General between January 1997 to December 2006.
In 2001, he was co-recipient, together with the UN, of the much coveted Nobel Peace Prize for prioritising issues of human rights and working for a better organised and more peaceful world.
After serving with the UN, he founded the Kofi Annan Foundation and became chairman of The Elders, an international organisation founded by former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
The University of Ghana would also appoint him as Chancellor in 2008, to add to an illustrious career in diplomacy, international development and peace building.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Below is the full statement from his family:
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. His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days.”
Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law.
After stepping down from the United Nations, he continued to work tirelessly in the cause of peace through his chairmanship of the Kofi Annan Foundation and as chair of The Elders, the group founded by Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration to young and old alike.
Kofi Annan was a son of Ghana and felt a special responsibility towards Africa. He was particularly committed to African development and deeply engaged in many initiatives, including his chairmanship of the Africa Progress Panel and his early leadership of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
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. He will be greatly missed by so many around the world, as well as his staff at the Foundation and his many former colleagues in the United Nations system. He will remain in our hearts forever.
The family kindly requests privacy at this time of mourning. Arrangements to celebrate his remarkable life will be announced later.
Kofi Annan Foundation