The former secretary-general of the United Nations Kofi Annan is Saturday at age 80, died in his home in Switzerland, after a short illness. That have his family and organization, let us know on Twitter.
The death of the former top japanese diplomat to news agency Reuters confirmed through two close associates of Annan.
The Ghanaian led the UN from 1997 to 2006. During that mandate was given Annan, among other things, the war in Iraq.
In 2001, he received the Nobel prize for Peace, together with the United Nations, and that under the more for his struggle for human rights. “Today mourn we for the loss of a great man, a leader and a visionary,” writes the migratieorganisatie of the UN on Twitter.
The Kofi Annan Foundation describes him in a statement as a “global statesman, and a committed internationalist, who all his life fought for a fairer and more vredesvolle world’.
Annan was, almost his entire career in service at the UN. He began in 1962 at the World health organization (WHO) and was also a long time at the head of the refugee organisation of the UN (UNCHR).