Kofi Annan: Former UN Secretary General Dies, Aged 80

George Bowden
Kofi Annan, former UN general secretary, has died, it has been announced.

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died aged 80, his foundation said on Saturday.

Annan died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two close associates of Annan told Reuters news agency.

In a since-deleted tweet, the UN’s migration body said: “Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary: former UN Secretary General [Kofi Annan]. A life well lived. A life worth celebrating.”

The Ghanian-born diplomat was head of the UN in 1997 to 2006.

In 2001, Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

He joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, according to an official biography.

He held positions within the UN’s emergency force, its high commission for refugees and senior posts in human resources and staff security before becoming secretary general in 1997.

Annan is survived by his wife, Nane, and their three children.

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