Kofi Annan, who served as secretary general between 1997 and 2006, died Saturday at age 80. The information was confirmed by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the family of the diplomat, who remembers him as “a global statesman”
Kofi Annan, born in Kumasi in present-day Ghana on 8 April 1938, was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 in a distinction shared with the United Nations itself.
“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, a former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died peacefully on Saturday, August 18, after a short illness,” the statement said.
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