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    Former UN Secretary-General Koffi Annan dies at 80

    A UN agency confirmed Saturday the demise of former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan, who has died at age 80.


    Annan was born in Ghana in 1938 and served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006.

    He was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff. He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since 2007 and its chairman n 2013.

    In 2001, Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the United Nations “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.”

    In September 2016, Annan was appointed to lead a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis.

    The UN Migration Agency tweeted: “Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary.”


    Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary: former @UN Secretary General @KofiAnnan.

    A life well lived. A life worth celebrating. pic.twitter.com/z51WTB4Y65

    — IOM – UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018

    Kofi Annan died on the morning of 18 August 2018 at a hospital in Switzerland after short illness and was married with three children.
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