Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies At 80

News by Joey Jordan Published on 19 Aug,2018 Updated on 26 Aug,2018

Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General Dies At 80

  • Former UN General Secretary, Kofi Annan passed away at the age of 80 in Bern, Switzerland.
  • The Kofi Annan Foundation announced his death in a statement on Twitter on Saturday, 18th August.
  • Annan served as the chief of UN for 10 years from 1997 to 2006.
  • He is survived by his wife and three children.

Former United Nations General Secretary, Kofi Annan died on Saturday, August 18 in Bern, Switzerland. He was 80-year-old.

Kofi Annan Foundation confirmed his death with an emotional statement on Twitter on Saturday. The foundation announced with the immense sadness the "Annan passed peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness", the statement read.



The current UN chief, Antonio Guterres remembered Annan as "a guiding force for good" where the Russian President Vladimir Putin called him a "remarkable person." Former US President Barack Obama said the laureate had always pursued a "better world." He said,

Long after he had broken barriers, Kofi never stopped his pursuit of a better world.

Many political and administrative leaders,  including British prime minister Theresa May, took to their social media tributing late Annan. Here are the tweets:





Annan, the first and the only black African to lead the UN, served as the Secretary-General at the time when the threats of global terrorism were engulfing the world. He served the organization for a decade since 1997 to 2006. His fight to reduce those threats and secure a more peaceful world led him to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The late Annan is survived by his wife Nane Maria Annan, and children; daughters Ama Annan, Nina Cronstedt de Groot and son Kojo Annan.

Rest In Peace Kofi.