Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations has died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, after a short illness. The news of his death was confirmed in tweets from the Kofi Annan Foundation and United Nations’ bodies.
Kofi Annan Foundation wrote:
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… pic.twitter.com/NDOy2NmAAs
— Kofi Annan Foundation (@KofiAnnanFdn) August 18, 2018
Tweets from the United Nations:
"Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing." – @antonioguterres
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) August 18, 2018
A life well lived. A life worth celebrating. pic.twitter.com/3sLmy7VS2p
— IOM – UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018
Kofi Annan served at the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006, he won the Noble Peace Prize in 2001 together with the organization. In 2007, he founded the Kofi Annan Foundation to champion the course of good governance in the world. He was also the chairman of The Elders, an organization founded by the late President Nelson Mandela.
The current Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres described in a tweet message as a man who pushed for global peace.
Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. I join the world in mourning his loss. In these turbulent and trying times, his legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all. https://t.co/psJ9viPIeu pic.twitter.com/SKfBk5zaY2
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 18, 2018
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