UN mourns the death of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Beijing, 20 August 2018 – UN former Secretary-General Kofi Annan passed on 18 August in Switzerland at the age of 80.
The current UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and a “proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”
“He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world. In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us.”
Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938.
He served as UN Secretary-General for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning in January 1997.
Mr. Annan joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, rising to hold senior-level posts in areas such as budget and finance, and peacekeeping.
As Mr. Guterres noted: “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.”
UN System in China will lower the UN flag to half mast to honour the iconic leader of the organization. A condolence book will be open for signing in UN Premise in China from 22 to 24 August 2018.
Photo credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider
In this photo from 2003, Mr. Kofi Annan is addressing reporters at Headquarters.