Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80. His wife and their three children, were by his side before he breathed his last today Saturday 18th, August, 2018 in Switzerland.
Born in Ghana in 1938, the great humanitarian and statesman who devoted his life to peace and reconciliation served as the the first Black (7th) Secretary-General of the United Nations, who served from 1997 to 2007. In 2001 he won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since it was founded in 2007 and was named its chairman in 2013.
The announcement was made on his official twitter platform. “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.”
“Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary. Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the United Nations in 2001 “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.” The UN Migration Agency also tweeted