TRIBUTES ARE FLOWING FOR THE UNITED NATIONS’ HIGH-PROFILE AND WELL-RESPECTED FORMER SECRETARY-GENERAL, KOFI ANNAN

Kofi Annan consoles family members of victims of  massacre Indonesia militia in Liquisa, 30 km west of DIli

Mr Annan, 80, died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, according to a statement issued by his family.

The Nobel Peace Laureate was the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from January 1997 to December 2006, and became the first black African man to take on the top job as the world’s top diplomat.
Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, is said to have died “peacefully” after a short illness. Picture: MEGA

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, died “peacefully” after a short illness.

Kofi Annan with his wife Nane, a Swedish lawyer who he married in 1984. Picture: MEGA

Kofi Annan with his wife Nane, a Swedish lawyer who he married in 1984.

He was founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, which issued a statement on social media, saying: “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…”

“His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days,” it said.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan waves after delivering his final speech to the 61st session of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2006. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”