Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general, dies at age 80

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 19, 2018

Annan was "a great leader and diplomat extraordinaire" who had advanced the African agenda within the United Nations and had "flown the flag for peace" around the world. "He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination", Mr Guterres, who was led the United Nations refugees department, said in a statement. "He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world".

"Grandpa used to tell us a lot about how he was such a nice person", said Kojo Manu, a mechanic who said his late grandfather had lived in the same neighborhood with Annan.

Despite the lows, he left the post as one of the most popular United Nations leaders ever, and was widely considered a "diplomatic rock star" in worldwide diplomatic circles. "Michelle and I offer our condolences to his family and many loved ones". "A life worth celebrating".

All of the Elders and their Advisory Council and staff team members send their heartfelt condolences to Kofi's family: his wife Nane, his children and grandchildren. "Rest in peace, Kofi Annan".

"May God bless Kofi's family and all who had the joy to know and be inspired by him".

Annan was under-secretary-general from March 1994 to October 1995.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa called Annan a "diplomat extraordinaire".

Five years later, he oversaw the transition of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) to the multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), a UN peacekeeping organisation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed his "wisdom and courage", while German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the "exceptional statesman in the service of the global community". "While we mourn his passing today, we resolve as Elders to continue to uphold his values and legacy into the future".

But, the spokesperson said, Annan did not believe that the United Nations should actively campaign for gay marriage. I join the world in mourning his loss.

The Russian president "sincerely admired" Annan's "wisdom and courage, [and] his ability to make balanced decisions even in the most hard, critical situations".

"A great African, a great leader of the world".

"We are devastated. Africa and the world has lost a special human being".

In a statement following the event, UN spokesperson Fred Eckhard said that Annan "believes that the United Nations can not condone any persecution of, or discrimination against, people on any grounds, and recalls Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says that 'Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind'".

"There are some human beings who will seem irreplaceable to us, rare human beings".

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