Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has passed away today. He died following a short illness. He was 80.
“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,” the foundation said in a statement.
Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving from 1997 to 2006.
Later on, Annan served as the United Nation special envoy for Syria. In capacity as envoy, Annan led efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Under his leadership, the UN introduced the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. Under this programme, countries of the world committed to ending poverty within 15 years.
Annan also played a central role in the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
“His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days,” said the statement on Annan’s Twitter handle.
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