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FW: Kofi Annan (1938-2018)

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Kofi Annan, the first black African to lead the United Nations died at the age of 80. The Kofi Annan Foundation, which he founded and was the chairman of issued a statement on social media around his death.

“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, born in Ghana in 1938, served as the 7th UN Secretary-General (SG), from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff. He had also been a member, since 2007, of the Elders; a humanitarian group of a dozen leaders and activists of worldwide stature formed by Nelson Mandela.


The UN Years 

As an important historical figure who played massive roles in many key events of the 1990s and 2000s, Kofi Annan’s death is an opportunity to celebrate his life and to assess his contributions to the world.

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