Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan dies aged 80

Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan dies aged 80

Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.

The first Secretary-General to reach the post from within an organisation he served for over 40 years, Kofi Annan had a life-long commitment to the cause of peace and was known for his staunch opposition to military aggression, notably the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Annan's death, following a short illness, was announced earlier on Saturday. "He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination", Mr Guterres, who was led the United Nations refugees department, said in a statement.

"Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good", Guterres said in a statement shortly after news broke of Annan's passing.

When he departed from the United Nations, he left behind a global organisation far more aggressively engaged in peacekeeping and fighting poverty, setting the framework for the UN's 21st-century response to mass atrocities and its emphasis on human rights and development.

In a tribute mourning the Ghanaian worldwide diplomat, President Akufo-Addo said: "I am, however, comforted by the information, after speaking to Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep". He also served as the United Nations special envoy for Syria, spearheading efforts to bring an end to the conflict.

I wish to express deep gratitude and appreciation of Dr. Annan for his dedicated and tireless work in stabilizing the world and encouraging Africa to aspire to higher ideals of democracy, respect for human rights and sound governance as the path to sustainable peace and economic development.

"Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor".

More news: Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, plays well vs. Philadelphia Eagles
More news: Diablo III confirmed for Nintendo Switch, launches this year
More news: Interim information minister departs for Vajpayee’s funeral

"He was warm, compassionate & intelligent, exuding dignity & grace", says the new leader of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo.

Annan was under-secretary-general from March 1994 to October 1995.

Some critics point to mistakes: the inability of the United Nations to prevent the slaughter in Rwanda and Bosnia during Mr Annan's time as head of United Nations peacekeeping, or the allegedly weak United Nations response to the oil for food scandal, in which some unscrupulous businesses enriched themselves from a United Nations scheme created to soften the impact of United Nations sanctions on the Iraqi people by allowing the supervised sale of some Iraqi oil.

"Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan.

Kofi Annan is a man of integrity; a great African, a great leader of the world".

Other than being the founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation, he was a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since it was founded in 2007.

The spokesperson suggested that Annan supported equal marriage, adding: "On the issue of same sex marriage, [Annan's] personal view, as stated in last week's press conference, is 'that individuals should be allowed to make their own choices and that we should be careful not to draw conclusions, or adopt prejudicial attitudes, towards people for their choices and preferences'".

Related Articles

  • Max Lomas dead: Man who found Bobbi Kristina Brown's body dies

    Max Lomas dead: Man who found Bobbi Kristina Brown's body dies

    Lomas' death comes almost four years after he found Brown unconscious in her Georgia home, from an apparent overdose. Brown's death mirrored her mother Whitney Houston's , 48, who died in her bathtub following an overdose in 2012.
    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas engagement ceremony begins

    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas engagement ceremony begins

    The happy couple were decked up in traditional attire, Priyanka in a lemon yellow ensemble and Nick in an ivory kurta set. Tiffany is the jeweller that closed down its London store for Nick to buy an engagement ring for Priyanka.
    Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple

    Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple

    The teen, who can not be named for legal reasons, reportedly committed the hacks because "he was such a fan of the company". The judge on the case has postponed sentencing until next month due to the complex nature of the matter.
  • U.S. Terminates Funding for Stabilization Efforts in Syria

    U.S. Terminates Funding for Stabilization Efforts in Syria

    President Trump is saving USA taxpayers another $230 million dollars a year by pulling funding for ongoing programs in Syria. Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee concurred, calling the move "astonishingly shortsighted".
    SEC subpoenas Tesla after CEO Elon Musk drops bombshell about buyout plans

    SEC subpoenas Tesla after CEO Elon Musk drops bombshell about buyout plans

    The subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission demands information from each of Tesla's nine directors. The "Saudi sovereign fund has more than enough capital needed to execute on such a transaction", he suggested.
    Diablo 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch

    Diablo 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch

    Following multiple rumors and teasers, Nintendo confirms that Diablo III is officially coming to Nintendo Switch . It also sounds like existing Diablo players will have some things to be excited about.
  • The Rangers turned an extremely rare and very confusing triple play

    The Rangers turned an extremely rare and very confusing triple play

    Profar tagged the bag to force out the runner from second, and then tagged the runner on third base for the second out. He fired the ball to second baseman Rougned Odor to force the runner from first base and complete the triple play.
    Premier League Betting: Everton, Chelsea and goals galore in this weekend's treble

    Premier League Betting: Everton, Chelsea and goals galore in this weekend's treble

    He added: "If we can do well and get three points this weekend we will have more confidence for the next few games". I have just come here to do my best for the team, to score goals and stay here permanently.
    Garbine Muguruza suffers surprise exit as defending champion in Cincinnati

    Garbine Muguruza suffers surprise exit as defending champion in Cincinnati

    Fourth seed Angelique Kerber also had a hard outing, having to battle back to outlast Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Halep and Tomljanovic will complete their clash on Thursday, with the victor to face Ashleigh Barty later in the day.
  • Trump vows to yank security clearance for DOJ's Bruce Ohr

    Richard Burr said Thursday that Brennan is purporting to know - as fact - that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. The only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy", Brennan wrote.
    USA  says ready to sanction China for buying Iran's oil

    USA says ready to sanction China for buying Iran's oil

    He said that State is committed to a "whole of government effort to change the Iranian regime behavior ". Trump withdrew the USA from the P5+1 nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in May.
    Multiple suspected synthetic cannabis overdoses at park by Yale University

    Multiple suspected synthetic cannabis overdoses at park by Yale University

    Their symptoms included vomiting, hallucinations, high blood pressure , shallow breathing and unconsciousness, ABC News reported. The CDC said a record 72,000 Americans died past year because of drug overdose - about 10 percent higher than previous figures.