- Former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan is dead
- Annan died at the age of 80 in in Switzerland
- Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi on April 8, 1938
Former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan is dead. Kofi Annan is said to have died at the age of 80 in the early hours of Saturday, August 18, in Switzerland.
Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff.
He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since it was founded in 2007. In 2013, he became its chairman.
The UN Migration Agency tweeted: "Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary."
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The Kofi Annan Foundation has issued a statement. Check the tweet below:
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Nigeria’s Ms Bola Adesola, chief executive officer and managing director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, to serve as vice-chair of the Board of the UN Global Compact.
Also appointed with Adesola is Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, to also serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of the UN body, the UN announced.
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