Geneva, August 18: Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80 on Saturday. He was born in Ghana in 1938 and served as the seventh UN Secretary-General from 1997-2006. The former UN-Secretary was also founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.
The UN Migration Agency tweeted: "Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary."
A life well lived. A life worth celebrating. pic.twitter.com/3sLmy7VS2p
— IOM - UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018
The former UN diplomat was the first black African to lead the United Nations. In 2013, he became the chairman of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights. The organisation was founded in 2007.
The official twitter handle of Kofi Annan managed by Kofi Annan Foundation tweeted about his demise
It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness... pic.twitter.com/42nGOxmcPZ
— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) August 18, 2018
He became the head of the United Peacekeeping Mission in 1993. However, in 2003, The US, the biggest supporter of Annan invaded Iraq bypassing the UN. It created a rift between the former UN diplomat and the US. In 2006 he won the Nobel Peace Prize.