Kofi Annan dies

Kofi Annan dies
Published: 18 August 2018 (436 Views)
The former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, has died aged 80.

International diplomats said Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world's top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006.

He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Annan's tenure coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The former UN chief died in the Swiss capital of Bern today after a short illness.

According to the Kofi Annan Foundation Twitter page, Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world.

During his distinguished career and leadership of the UN, Annan was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law.

After stepping down from the UN, he continued to work tirelessly in the cause of peace through his chairmanship of the Kofi Anna Foundation and as chair of The Elders, the group founded by Nelson Mandela, he was an inspiration to young and old.

Anna was a son of Ghana and felt a special responsibility towards Africa.

He was particularly committed to African development and deeply engaged in many initiatives, including his chairmanship of the Africa Progress Panel and his early leadership of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Wherever there was suffering or need, Annan reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy.

He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.



- zbc

Tags: Kofi, Annan, Dies,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Zimbabwe recent economic developments

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 45 Views

Mzansi crying out for Bev

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 42 Views

ZIFA dares Mliswa, Chizuzu

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 47 Views

Mnangagwa endorses the Zimdollar

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 41 Views

Obert Mpofu calls an urgent Zanu-PF Politburo meeting

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 64 Views

Khama Billiat smells blood

by Staff Reporter | 25 June 2019 | 43 Views

Zimbabwe's return to own currency is a brave move

by Dr Masimba Mavaza | 25 June 2019 | 36 Views

ZCTU promises shutdown over US Dollar banning

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 44 Views

Cyberwarfare is here

by Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi | 25 June 2019 | 32 Views

ZESA increases load shedding hours

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 37 Views

Mnangagwa succession: Race now wide open

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 47 Views

Govt orders 200 000 vehicle number plates

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 47 Views

MDC won't impose candidate for by-election

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 37 Views

'Mnangagwa political dialogue a joke'

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 42 Views

Govt splurges US$21m on legislators' vehicles

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 35 Views

Zapu asks Bulawayo to honour Dabengwa

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 33 Views

Nurses divided over negotiations

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 37 Views

'Mnangagwa presses self-destruct button'

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 37 Views

Mnangagwa bombing still under investigation

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 31 Views

Artuz leader fights for freedom

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 27 Views

Grace Mugabe hit with $4m lawsuit

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 29 Views

Error in Mawarire, ZCTU case

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 30 Views

Zanu-PF youths in 'name & shame'

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 25 Views

G40 kingpin calls for Mnangagwa-Chamisa GNU

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 29 Views

Mnangagwa's govt bans US$

by Staff reporter | 25 June 2019 | 30 Views

Zimnat and Sanlam continue to assist cyclone victims

by Agency | 25 June 2019 | 73 Views

Sick Robert Mugabe in Singapore

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 148 Views

Malema threatens to impeach Ramaphosa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 100 Views

Obert Mpofu appears in court

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 145 Views

President Mnangagwa's full address to Zimbabweans

by Emmerson Mnangagwa | 25 June 2019 | 125 Views

Mnangagwa justifies Zim dollar return

by Staff Reporter | 25 June 2019 | 86 Views

ZHRO Vigil celebrates World Refugee week

by ZHRO | 25 June 2019 | 72 Views

ZANU PF officials clash over corruption list

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 207 Views

'ZANU PF now a threat to the country' says Biti

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 160 Views

The future of Slot Machines

by Staff Reporter | 25 June 2019 | 80 Views

SB Moyo and Chiwenga fallout?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 June 2019 | 228 Views