The former secretary general of the United Nations died Saturday in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, at the age of 80 years.
Tributes are coming from everywhere across the globe, he was an outstanding statesman.
Ten key dates of his career
- Kofi Atta Annan was born on April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana
- He studied private law at the Kumasi University of Science and Technology.
- He earned his Bachelor of Economics at Macalester College in the United States in 1961.
- In 1962, he joined the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
- Kofi Annan began working for the World Health Organization in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer.
- Between 1971 and 1972, he obtained his Masters in Management Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Since then, he has served on the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF II) in Ismailia, at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. refugees in Geneva.
- Between 1987 and 1990, he was posted to the United Nations Headquarters in New York as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management and United Nations Security Coordinator.
- In 1993, he was promoted to Under-Secretary General of Boutros Boutros-Ghali. On January 1, 1997, he began his first term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- He died on August 18, 2018 in Berne
Death of Kofi Annan
The world pays tribute to Kofi Annan
Koffi Annan served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He received the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2001.
Feats of Kofi Annan
- After Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he received a special mission from the Secretary-General to organize the repatriation of more than 900 international and Western nationals from Iraq. He then leads the first UN team to negotiate with Iraq on the issue of selling oil to finance humanitarian aid.
- In 2000, he was the first to propose to Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe to withdraw from power in return for political asylum and financial compensation.
- In his farewell address to the post of Secretary General in December 2006, Kofi Annan criticizes the US policy that he calls for to respect human rights “in its fight against terrorism”.
- On June 14, 2007, Kofi Annan was named head of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organization created in 2006, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. It brings together political leaders, businessmen, farmers and researchers to help African farmers improve their performance.
- On October 4, 2007, the Ghanaian diplomat becomes the new president of the Support Foundation for the World Organization Against Torture, with 282 members in 92 countries.
- The late politician, a member of the Chirac Foundation Honorary Committee at its launch in 2008, also created the Kofi Annan Foundation, dedicated to sustainable development and peace.
- He was a member of the Global Elders created by Nelson Mandela to promote peace and human rights around the world.
- On February 23, 2012, he was appointed joint emissary of the United Nations and the Arab League on the crisis in Syria.
- On August 2, 2012, he announced his resignation from his position as mediator of the UN and the Arab League in Syria, after noting the failure of this mission.